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Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays Volume 11
ISBN: 9780708321096 (0708321097)Publication Date March 2007
Publisher: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Cardiff
Edited by Tony Brown Format: Paperback, 210x148 mm, 225 pages Language: English Non-Stock Item - Ordered on request List Price: £12.95 
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A collection of critical essays by renowned scholars dealing with various aspects of literature, both poetry and prose, written in English in Wales during the 20th century, including discussions on the work of Christine Evans, R. S. Thomas, Caradoc Evans, and on literary subjects; it also includes a Bibliography of Criticism.

Casgliad o draethodau beirniadol gan ysgolheigion cydnabyddedig yn ymwneud ag amryfal agweddau ar lenyddiaeth, yn farddoniaeth a rhyddiaith Saesneg, a ysgrifennwyd yng Nghymru yn ystod yr 20fed ganrif. Yn cynnwys trafodaethau ar Christine Evans, R. S. Thomas, Caradoc Evans, ac ar bynciau amrywiol; ceir Llyfryddiaeth ar Werthfawrogi Llên yn ogystal.
This annual publication, now in its eleventh year, consists of critical essays on aspects of Welsh writing in English.

The beautiful cover photograph is of Bardsey and this links up with an essay on that wonderful poet, Christine Evans, who spends each summer living on the island.

There are two exceptionally interesting essays on Nigel Heseltine by W. Wynn Thomas and the musicologist Rhian Davies. Heseltine is almost forgotten today but Dr Daviesís account of his life is a real eye-opener.

Caradoc Evans continues to intrigue the critics and Harri Roberts offers a fresh appraisal of My People.

As we all know, there is a vast Dylan Thomas industry and the R.S. Thomas industry is gradually assuming the same dimension in Wales. Both Fflur Dafydd and William V. Davis give us some fresh perspectives in their essays.

Malcolm Ballin writes at length about two literary magazines, and their trials and tribulations between 1965 and 1985. I was particularly glad to be reminded by way of quotations of some of the poems which first saw the light of day at that time.

Lastly, there is a word about the editor of Welsh Writing in English, Tony Brown, who works tirelessly in order to ensure that each issue is as stimulating as the last.

Dewi Roberts

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiat‚d Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Table of Contents:
Ruth McElroy: "Circuiting Empire, Romancing Difference: Language, Imperialism, and Anglo-Indian and Anglo-Welsh Fictions."

Harri Roberts: "The Body and the Book" Caradoc Evans's My People"

M. Wynn Thomas: "'A Grand Harlequinade': The Border Writing of Nigel Heseltine"

Rhian Davies: "Scarred Background: Nigel Heseltine (1916-1995), A Biographical Introduction and a Bibliography"

Fflur Dafydd: "'This is I; there is nothing else': R. S. Thomas and Hugh MacDiarmid"

William V. Davis: "Evidence of Things Not Seen: R. S. Thomas's Agnostic Faith"

Malcolm Ballin: Welsh Periodicals in English: Second Aeon and Poetry Wales

Matthew Jarvis: "Christine Evans's Bardsey: Creating Sacred Space"

Diane Green: "Welsh Writing in English: A Bibliography of Critics 2005"
Author Biography:
Tony Brown is Reader in English at the University of Wales, Bangor, and co-director of the R. S. Thomas Centre there. He is the editor of The Collected Stories of Glyn Jones (1999) and The Dragon has Two Tongues (2001) and has published widely in the field of twentieth-century Welsh writing in English.
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