Issue 86,

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New Welsh Review 86, Winter


Apparitions (Kathryn Gray)
While the mayhem of a busy desk may indicate otherwise, something is starting to take shape. For here, before me, are the first proofs. Ah, proofs! Was there ever a more exacting and inexact definition for it? One thing I learned first to tolerate about this job - and then to love - is the provisional. As little gods we'd style ourselves, us editors. We imagine, we commission. We seek to define, place limits, impose vision. And yet. The deadlines arrive. The magazine is surely and purposefully brought together over the weeks. On the screen, in the grid before us, the words assume their provisional position on the virtual, raw pages. The designer works her magic. The words return, almost - but not quite - fixed. On paper. Proof of some kind. Proofs. And there they wait for us to join them. Our propositions now duly laid to waste, this is where the excitement and vitality of the enterprise truly comes into its own. It has taken me some time but, like most editors, I imagine, I've learned to be in it for the discovery, not the predetermined. Beyond that, what else is there?read more...


Holy Things by Jim Perrin
Jim Perrin discusses new nature writing and how we can connect with "our relict wild country and natural landscapes".

A Ghostly Limbo by Tiffany Murray
Tiffany Murray on memory, imagination and Jean Rhys, the author of Wild Sargasso Sea; she considers how writers draw from their own memories, which are then changed by the act of writing.

Green in Black by Daniel G. Williams
Daniel G. Williams looks at the African American attraction to Emlyn William's The Corn is Green, drawing parallels to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

First Hand by Tristan Hughes
Tristian Hughes on why he is always trying to write the same story.

Last Word by Caroline Oakley
Caroline Oakley, editor at Honno, on the difficulties - and limitations - of categorising the novel as literary.
Photo Essay: Save the Vulcan by John Briggs
Images and introduction from John Briggs on the campaign to save Cardiff's Vulcan Hotel.


Into Suez by Stevie Davies
Whiteout by Jon Gower


Poems by :
Ellie Evans
John Goodby
Gwyneth Lewis
Glyn Maxwell
Kona Macphee
George Murray


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