Issue 95,

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New Welsh Review 95, Spring 2012


Editorial:


Questions, Answers, Fool and Kings (Gwen Davies)
In 1954, author Caradog Prichard's mother died in Denbigh ‘seilam’, having spent thirty years inside. Prichard felt complicit, and was crippled by it. He erected an emotional bulwark, forged of distance from his home village of Bethesda and a flashy Fleet St lifestyle. But still his stifling filial relationship continued to haunt him. Late November saw the fiftieth anniversary of Prichard’s autobiographical novel, the greatest written in Welsh, Un Nos Ola Leuad (One Moonlit Night, translated by Philip Mitchell).

S4C’s celebration included a new documentary, Afal Drwg Adda (Adam’s Bad Apple), inspired by Prichard’s autobiography of the same name. Its hallucinatory imagery, featuring C’mon Midfield actor Llion Williams gowned up on a surgical table in the middle of a lake, boosted my confidence in the channel. Not since Con Passionate has S4C so indulged fans of the surreal. There can be few affected by the old mental asylums that miss them. John Sam Jones’ memoir, Crawling Though Thorns, records his barbaric ECT course at Denbigh, the cure-de-jour for homosexuality as late as the seventies. Charles Russell’s recent art book, Groundwaters, A Century of Art by Self-taught and Outsider Artists, however, shows the ways in which some hospitals created a nurturing environment that accepted people on their own terms, and most importantly, as creative people. read more...

Features

Pulp Kitchen Dylan Moore on Football
The Elvis Festival by Robert Minhinnick
John Ormond:Poetry, Broadcasting & Film by Kieron Smith
TradeWinds by Peter Finch
Rich Text Claire Flay on Dorothy Edwards read more...

Creative

Rubbing Shoulders with the Queen by Jeremy Hughes
A response to Idris Davies'The Angry Summer, A Poem of 1926

Extracts from the Diaries of Dyfrig Prydderch, 1936
Diarmuid Johnson reimagines his recent Romanian visit read more...

Narrenturm
Fiction extract by Eliza Granville

The Death Game
Novel extract from The Book of Idiots by Chris Meredith

Poems

Poems by :
Lowri Emlyn
Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Martyn Crucefix
Stevie Krayer
Damian Walford Davies
Paul Henry
Bethany Pope
Jane Yeh

Reviews

The Wild Rover by Mike Parker
Horatio Clare

Sparrow Tree by Gwyneth Lewis, and The Sleeper at Sea by Kelly Grovier
Elyse Fenton

Winter Sonata by Dorothy Edwards, and Dorothy Edwards by Claire Flay
Steven Lovatt

Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne
Eluned Gramich

Seven Houses in France by Bernard Atxaga [trans Margaret Jull Costa]
Eluned Gramich

The Prince's Pen (New Stories from the Mabinogion) by Horatio Clare
Francesca Rhydderch

A Year of Flowers by John Barnie
Jem King

Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds
Kay Blade

Not Tonight Neil by Ian Gregson
Huw Lawrence

La Rochelle by Michael Nath
Rhys Owain Williams






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