Review 27-28, November 2018

Welcome to the November 2018 edition of the New Welsh Review, our monthly online supplement of review and comment. Make sure to check this page frequently as free to view and subscriber only reviews and comment pieces are regularly added to this page. This month we're publishing a double bumper issue (combining Reviews 27 & 28) and pieces are all subscriber exclusives.

In this issue:



• Vicky MacKenzie on A Perfect Mirror & Oedipa by Sarah Corbett & Amy McCauley. Vicky MacKenzie is delighted by the mature voice of Sarah Corbett, in conversation with past and present, and the original and startling voice of Amy McCauley, which inhabits a mythic time and space which are at the same time extremely specific (subscribers only)

• Suzannah V Evans on Blood & Other Elements, Inside the Animal House and Sherpas by Dawn Morgan, Kathy Miles & John Barnie respectively. Assessing these three poetry pamphlets from Rack Press, Suzannah V Evans is struck by a shared fascination with the intricacies of bone and body (subscribers only)

• Vicky MacKenzie on Dirty Laundry by Deborah Alma. Vicky Mackenzie lauds highly a feisty first full-length collection (from a notable Emergency Poet known for dispensing poetry from a refitted ambulance), and finds attitude, wisdom, humour, razor-sharp observations and a sense of hard won pleasure (subscribers only)

• Nathan Llywelyn Munday on Dusty Cut’s Hawaii Nathan Llywelyn Munday is swept away by an album about friendships, fights and the sea (subscribers only)

• Garry MacKenzie on Feral by Kate Potts. Resistance to labelling people is at the heart of this poetry collection on a superficially topical theme, Garry MacKenzie finds, but it also moves into a world which feels like a selkie’s take on a story by Ovid (subscribers only)

• Jane MacNamee on Floating: A Return to Waterlog by Joe Minihane. ‘Skin alight’, having joined the swimming revolution, the author, in this homage to Roger Deakin, fails to cure his own anxiety, writes Jane MacNamee, but all the same makes a heartfelt account to resist the pale shadow of virtual reality

• Jane MacNamee on Floating: A Return to Waterlog by Joe Minihane. ‘Skin alight’, having joined the swimming revolution, the author, in this homage to Roger Deakin, fails to cure his own anxiety, writes Jane MacNamee, but all the same makes a heartfelt account to resist the pale shadow of virtual reality

• Suzy Ceulan Hughes on Hometown Tales: Wales by Tyler Keevil & Eluned Gramich. Suzy Ceulan Hughes is charmed by two single stories about home, displacement and identity confusion (subscribers only)

• John Barnie on Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North by Horatio Clare. John Barnie follows the author along Finland’s north-west coast on the Otso (a floating high technology palace whose job it is to clear ports and cut ships free of ice) and revels in how he communicates the physicality of this unfamiliar environment, fr (subscribers only)

• Garry MacKenzie on Indifferent Cresses & An Almost-Gone Radiance by Holly Corfield Carr & Autumn Richardson. Garry MacKenzie is transported by two exquisitely produced and invigorating poetry collections exploring intersections between human and non-human (subscribers only)

• Alex Diggins on Mostyn Thomas and the Big Rave by Richard Williams. Alex Diggins enjoys a novel that spikes Pembroke’s natural beauty with 90s race culture to punchy – if not entirely convincing – effect (subscribers only)

• Vicky MacKenzie on Salacia, The Museum of Truth & Ling di Long by Mari Ellis Dunning, Nicholas Murray & Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch . Vicky MacKenzie on a poet drawn to the shoreline who is one to watch; a second, veteran of the publishing world who is as at home with personal despair as he is with political satire, and a third, an acclaimed poet of technical adroitness as well as origi (subscribers only)

• Eleanor Howe on That Lone Ship by Rhys Owain Williams. This accessible, not always congruent, collection explores the ghostly ripples that are cast out by everyday happenings, writes Eleanor Howe (subscribers only)

• John Barnie on The Killing of Butterfly Joe by Rhidian Brook. John Barnie finds this plot-driven narrative of vitality and momentum to be a collection of eccentrics, with antecedents in road trips, satires of the American Dream and in American Gothic (subscribers only)

• Suzy Ceulan Hughes on The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare. The perfect cure for winter blues, is Suzy Ceulan Hughes’ assessment of a celebration of this season as ‘part of a sacred cycle in a post-sacred world’ (subscribers only)

• Eleanor Howe on The Tyranny of Lost Things by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. This debut novel's marketing hook is a generation’s preoccupation with bygone times, but the glib self-awareness its characters fall into is sometime a trap for the author herself, Eleanor Howe concludes (subscribers only)

• Suzannah V Evans on The Way Out by Kate North. Suzannah V Evans writes that this poetry collection offers a way in through the body, sustains us through images of devouring, but that at times it lacks bite (subscribers only)

• Suzy Ceulan Hughes on Things that Make the Heart Beat Faster by João Morais. Suzy Ceulan Hughes concludes that this ‘slick’ debut short-story collection is packed with social commentary, biting humour and sharp observations, as well as being sparkling with distinctly urban energy and contemporary cosmopolitanism (subscribers only)

• Kieron Smith on Try the Wilderness First: Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin by Jonathan Miles. While a borderland hamlet may seem a useful site to locate contradictory morality, Kieron Smith writes, this book focussing mainly on Gill the artist who designed the BBC logo’s typeface, does not deal with the extent to which British entitlement can hi (subscribers only)

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