New Welsh Reader 130 (New Welsh Review Autumn 2022)
New Welsh Review 130 (Autumn 2022)
Cyhoeddwyd: New Welsh Review
Imprint: New Welsh Review
203 Tudalennau, 5.90 x 8.25 x 0.30 in, 7 colour & 2 b/w photos, 1 illustration/vector
- Cyhoeddwyd: 09/2022
NEW WELSH WRITING AWARDS 2022 RHEIDOL PRIZE FOR PROSE WITH A WELSH THEME OR SETTING
River Memoir/writing of place by
Tim Cooke, set along the Ogmore River edgelands, about lost children and ‘dark play’
Venus as a Spinster Selected vignettes from an essay and memoir by Hattie Morrison, on the erasure of women from the Welsh wool industry
Anna and the Angel A feminist retelling of the biblical story of Tobias and the Angel, set in contemporary Cardiff and Newport, by Eleanor Williams
Taxi Preview from Jonathan Edwards' story collection, 'Valleysworld'
Revival Rae Leaver’s novella is a homage to Allen Raine’s Queen of the Rushes, set during the Edwardian Nonconformist revival in Cwm Rhondda
Tidelands: Burry Port and the Loughor Estuary Angela Evans (in the second of a series celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Wales Coast Path) reports on a skeleton coast, Bonaparte’s niece and Amelia Earhart’s emergency landing
Haunted Landscape Steven Lovatt’s third part in his series of travel writing, ‘Notes from a Hungarian Journal’
The Sheep Show Hilary Menos
Bait Bryony Littlefair
National Eisteddfod, Carmarthen, 1975 Julia Bell
The Fir Church Rhiannon Hooson
July 2nd, 15:08 Mari Ellis Dunning
Burning Alive a Sack of Cats James Appleby
Emperor Penguins Rhiannon Fielder-Hobbs
Conscription Vicky Morris
Reverdie Rory Waterman
Awash Laurinda Lind
Notes on The Resurrection, iii & iv Christine Hamm
Gwen Davies is a literary translator specialising in the fiction of Caryl Lewis, and has been editor of New Welsh Review since 2011. She is a former Literature Officer for the Arts Council of Wales and Chair of the Writers' Bursaries Panel of Literature Wales.
Angela Evans spent years in social policy research before studying for a history PhD at Cardiff University. She attributes her deep affiliation with coastal edgelands to the years she spent holidaying with her family at Trecco Bay, Porthcawl. Thanks for feedback on this essay to Gwen Davies, Mike Harmer, Caroline Humphreys, Lyn John and Elin Jones. In her next essays, Angela will explore Pembroke Dock on the Milford Haven waterway (River Cleddau) and Tywyn on the River Dysynni.
Tim Cooke is a teacher, writer and creative writing PhD student. His work has been published by The Guardian, Little White Lies, The Quietus, 3:AM Magazine, New
Welsh Review and Ernest Journal. His creative work has appeared in various literary journals and magazines, including New Welsh Reader, The Shadow Booth, Black Static, Hinterland, Epoch, Porridge, The Nightwatchman and Litro. Tim’s debut collection of short stories, Where We Live, was released by Demain Publishing in 2020. His creative nonfiction piece was published in the Dunlin Press anthology on the theme of ports. He won the 2018 New Voices in Fiction competition, run by Adventures in Fiction, and was a runner-up in UEA and the National Centre for Writing’s New Forms Award, 2020. His entry, ‘River’, won the New Welsh Writing Awards 2022 Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting in April. His essay collection is forthcoming in New Welsh Review’s Rarebyte imprint.
Hattie Morrison is a bilingual writer and artist from Carmarthenshire with a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Writing. She is one of the writers supported by Literature Wales on
their 2022–2023 Representing Wales Programmes, and is currently mentored by Sophie Mackintosh Her narrative essays focus on the notion of rural communities and inherited identities, with an interest in revisiting and retelling rural histories from new perspectives. She has written for a broad range of independent publications – Sticky Fingers, The Paper, Museum of Restaurants and ARC Magazine – and for The Guardian as an arts writer. She often incorporates alternative translation within her writing to explore the absence between languages. Her work has been described as ‘precise and melancholy with a dark humour’. ‘Venus as a Spinster’ is an abridged extract from the entry (then entitled ‘The Half Place’) which came second in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2022 Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting and won the prize’s 18–25-year-old category.
Eleanor Williams was born and lives in Cardiff. She is disabled, works as a lawyer in the public sector, specialising in disability discrimination, and is a Reader – someone who is licensed to preach and teach in Llandaff diocese in the Church in Wales. Her entry, ‘Anna and the Angel’, in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2022 Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting, judged in April by Gwen Davies, gained third place.
Jonathan Edwards’ debut poetry collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014) and his second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018) both received the People’s Choice Award at the Wales Book of the Year, while his debut won the Costa prize for poetry
in 2014. He lives in Crosskeys, Gwent. The satirical short-fiction collection, ‘ValleysWorld’,
that includes 'Taxi', was ranked highly commended in April by judge Gwen Davies in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2022 Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting.
Rae Leaver is a writer currently based in Bedfordshire. She has been writing plays, poetry and prose for over fifteen years, and is a graduate of Rose Bruford College and Royal Holloway, where she studied directing and playwriting, respectively. She won the Young Poets Network Dramatic Monologue competition for her poem ‘And Wendy’, and her short story, ‘The Colossus of Luton’, was chosen as the lead story in The Colossus and Other Stories, an Arts Council England-funded project to create a free graphic novel
for and by the people of Luton. She currently works in community development, and is finishing her first novel, based, as is her novella ‘Revival’, in south Wales, and inspired by the history of her family. Her entry ‘Revival’ was highly commended by judge Gwen Davies in April in the New Welsh Writing Awards 2022 Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting.
Steve Lovatt’s Birdsong in a Time of Silence (Particular Books), was published in paperback in March, while his latest title as editor, An Open Door: New Travel Writing for a Precarious Century, was published by Parthian in May.
Hilary Menos won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010 with Berg (Seren, 2009) and her pamphlet Human Tissue (Smith|Doorstop, 2020) was a winner in The Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition 2019–20. Her second collection is Red Devon (Seren, 2013). Other pamphlets include Extra Maths (Smith|Doorstop, 2004) and Wheelbarrow Farm (Templar, 2010). She read PPE at Oxford, took an MA in poetry at MMU, and has worked as a student organiser, journalist, food reviewer, organic farmer, dramaturge and builder’s mate. hilarymenos.co.uk. She is editor of The Friday Poem thefridaypoem.com. Her new pamphlet, Fear of Forks, is due out with HappenStance in October.
This is a preview from Bryony Littlefair's Escape Room, published in October with Seren.
Julia Bell, a writer and academic, is the author of novels, the bestselling Creative Writing Coursebook (Macmillan) and the book-length essay Radical Attention (Peninsula Press). Her essays and short stories have been published nationally and internationally, including in the TLS, White Review and Paris Review, and have been broadcast on the BBC. Her poetry has been longlisted for the National Poetry Competition and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, while her first poetry collection, Hymnal, will be published by Parthian in spring 2023. She is a Reader in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. This is a preview poem from Hymnal.
Mari Ellis Dunning’s debut poetry collection, Salacia, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2019. She has since placed second in both the Lucent Dreaming Short Story Competition and the Sylvia Plath Poetry Prize. Mari is a PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University, where she is writing a historic novel set in sixteenth-century Wales, exploring the relationship between accusations of witchcraft, the female body and reproduction/fertility. ‘July 2nd, 15:08’ is a preview poem from her second full-length collection, Pearl and Bone, to be published by Parthian in October 2022 and available to preorder in August 2022. Mari lives on the west coast of Wales with her husband, their son, and their very adorable poochon.
Rhiannon Hooson has won major awards for her work, including an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, and her first book, The Other City, was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award. She has performed at literature festivals across the UK, and her work has been featured in The Guardian, Magma and Poetry Wales. In the last few years, she has been a Literature Wales bursary recipient, a Hay Festival Writer at Work, poetry editor of Creative Countryside, and judge of the PENfro festival poetry competition. She has a PhD in poetry from the University of Lancaster, and spent time living and working in Cumbria and Mongolia, before settling in the Welsh Marches. rhiannonhooson.com. ‘The Fir Church’ (p71) is a preview poem from her forthcoming collection, Goliat, to be published in October by Seren.
James Appleby is the editor of Interpret, a new magazine of international writing. His work is featured in the most recent editions of The North, Poetry Scotland, Acumen and Northwords Now. He was born in 1993 and works as a translator in Edinburgh.
Rhiannon Fielder-Hobbs is a Welsh poet from Carmarthenshire, where she lives with her husband and three young children. Her work has appeared previously in the ASP Literary Journal. She was selected in 2022 to attend the Tŷ Newydd poetry masterclass with Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Du y. Her passions are rugby, poetry and pygmy goats.
Vicky Morris is a British/Welsh poet based in Sheffield. Her debut pamphlet, If All This Never Happened, won the Fool For Poetry chapbook competition, 2021 and was
shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards for Best Poetry Pamphlet 21–22. Her poetry has appeared in places such as The Rialto and Magma. She has been placed in various competitions, including winning the Aurora Prize, 2020. Vicky is the founder of Hive Young Writers, and in 2019 received a Sarah Nulty Award for Creativity in 2019 for her impact developing younger writers. She is a recent Arvon/Jerwood mentee., and was shortlisted for the Mairtin Crawford Award for Poetry, 2022. vickymorris.co.uk.
Rory Waterman’s three collections from Carcanet are: Tonight the Summer’s Over (2013), which was a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Award; Sarajevo Roses (2017), shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize; and Sweet Nothings (2020). He lives in Nottingham, works at Nottingham Trent University, and co- edits New Walk Editions.
Laurinda Lind lives in the USA, in New York State, close to Canada. Some of her writing is in Anomaly Literary Journal, Constellations, Sonic Boom, Spillway and Stand. She is a Keats–Shelley Prize winner and a nalist in several other competitions, most recently the Joy Bale Boon Prize and the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize.
Christine E Hamm (she/her), queer and disabled English professor, social worker and student of ecopoetics, has a PhD in English, and lives in New Jersey. She recently won the Tenth Gate prize from Word Works for her manuscript, ‘Gorilla’. She has had work featured in North American Review, Nat Brut, Painted Bride Quarterly and many others. She has published six chapbooks, and several books, including Saints and Cannibals. ~Cyhoeddwr: *New Welsh Review*