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Welsh Periodicals in English


Welsh Periodicals in English celebrates the contribution of English-language periodicals to the careers of Welsh writers—from Lewis Morris to Owen Sheers—and to their editors, from Charles Wilkins to Emily Trahair. These periodicals have helped create an active Anglophone public sphere in Wales and continue to stimulate discussion on a wide range of topics: tensions between tradition and continuity, the role of magazines in developing new writers, gender issues, relations with Welsh-language journals, the involvement of the periodicals in social and political issues, and their contribution to cultural developments in Wales. A detailed study of the design, content, and editorial practice of the periodicals is illuminated by discussions with living editors, and the book concludes with a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary productions and a comparison with their successful equivalents in Ireland.

6 color plates, 6 halftones

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“This is a comprehensive survey and a rigorous assessment of those magazines that, over 130 years, have provided a platform for the distinctive voices of English-speaking Wales. . . . An indispensable and impeccably researched guide.”

Tony Bianchi

“[Ballin] adroitly sketches periodicals from The Red Dragon onwards.”

Richard Price | Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements and Permissions

Introduction: ‘The New Old; Old New’

1. The Liberal Miscellanies: 1882–1914

2. The Independent Periodicals: 1914–1969

3. The Late Twentieth Century: 1969–2012

4. Conclusion




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