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New Welsh Review 135 (summer 2024) - Threshold - cover

New Welsh Review 135 (summer 2024) - Threshold

Philippa Holloway, Satterday Shaw, Pippa Marland

Publisher: Parthian Books

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Summary

Bringing together the best of Wales' review-essays, including a comparison of new editions of nature classics, 'Back to the Land' by Pippa Marland. The books under review, Thomas Firbank's I Bought a Mountain and Margiad Evans' Autobiography take contrasting blustering and humble approaches to stepping over the sub/urban doorstep into nature. A showcase of new nonfiction, previewing forthcoming titles from some of Wales' key English-language publishers, exploring books on anti-Welsh media vitriol covering the early Manic Street Preachers, and historical flooding and the riches of an Eton-owned Benedictine fishery on the Gwent Levels. In original fiction: a wonderful story about a teenage boy on the cusp of bodily and emotional change, 'Trout', by Satterday Shaw, and a second, finely crafted story about the effect of geographical dislocation on teenage identity emergence, 'Another Place' by Philippa Holloway, set on Crosby beach. Plus Editorial by Gwen Davies and a new opinion feature, Last Page, by Richard Lewis Davies, in which the writers note that magazines in Wales are undergoing a transition, during which readers and subscribers will need to step up to the plate if a commitment to expressing – without interference - our particular place and time, is to be maintained.
EDITORIAL
Half-in, half-out Gwen Davies
NONFICTION
Bears at the Fridge: From Goldcliff to Whitson Preview extract from This Stolen Land by Marsha O'Mahony
The Kinnock Factor: The Manics and Anti-Welshness Edited abridged preview from International Velvet by Neil Collins
FICTION
Another Place Story by Philippa Holloway
Trout Story by Satterday Shaw
ESSAYS
Dark Formula Timothy Laurence Marsh on why reckless travel writing matters
Books for Alien Girls JL George's personal and practical reflections on the role neurodivergence can and should play when writing fiction
REVIEW-ESSAYS
Back to the Land Pippa Marland on two nature memoir classics, one of hubristic bluster, the other humbly receptive
'Queer Old Codgers' Claire Pickard on the portrayal of highly nuanced gay identities and history in recent nonfiction titles and a major short story anthology
THE LAST PAGE
Back to the Future Richard Lewis Davies on how a culture with ambition needs critics and readers
Available since: 06/01/2024.
Print length: 70 pages.

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