Editorial

A Vibrant World
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This special Welsh issue of Transcript has been prepared by Robert Minhinnick, editor of Poetry Wales, in conjunction with Transcript, a Literature Across Frontiers publication, and Welsh Literature Abroad.
In this issue of Transcript, we invite you to discover the vibrant world of Welsh writing today. We feature over a dozen exponents of prose and verse in the Welsh and English languages.

Bobi Jones is among the most influential literary figures to have written in Welsh in recent decades, dominating fields as diverse as poetry, linguistics and criticism. Our interview with Bobi Jones outlines some of his beliefs and principles.

Cosmopolitan in his concerns, Duncan Bush is one of Wales' most talented English-language writers. The two poems we publish are from his latest collection, Midway (Seren, 1998). As a novelist, Duncan Bush's Glass Shot was influential in creating the genre of Welsh noir.

Lloyd Jones made a startling impression on the literary scene in Wales in 2004 with his first novel, Mr Vogel (Seren). Read a section of it here.

Four of the most exciting younger talents in poetry are Kathryn Gray and Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, who write in English, and Mererid Puw Davies, and Elin ap Hywel who write in Welsh. Read A Generation of Emerging Poets.

Many believe Gwyneth Lewis to be the best bilingual Welsh poet of her day. Her verse not merely adorns but is an integral part of the design of the new Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. In Transcript, Gwyneth Lewis writes of the creative opportunities provided by her bilingualism. Look out for her Two in a Boat depiction of her sailing expedition around Europe and North Africa, due 2005.

Roland Mathias is one of the finest English language poets to have emerged in Wales. He is also a short story writer, editor, historian, and anthologist. We publish a review by Michael Collins of the University of Georgetown, USA, of Mathias's Collected Poems (University of Wales Press, 2002), and two poems from that volume.

Niall Griffiths is a novelist and short story writer who made his home in rural mid-Wales in the 1990s. In a short time he has become one of the most familiar and prolific literary figures in Wales. Read our extract from a work-in-progress by Niall Griffith.

Robin Llywelyn is a novelist whose first two books have had a momentous impact on the medium in the Welsh language. He is Director of the world famous Porthmeirion centre in north Wales. Read The Scratching at the Window by Robin Llywelyn in this special Welsh edition of Transcript.


Robert Minhinnick









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