Welsh Periodicals in English


Malcolm Ballin

Welsh Periodicals in English

Malcolm Ballin

Distributed for University of Wales Press

208 pages | 6 color plates, 6 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780708326145 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780708326152 Will Publish October 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
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.

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




Review Quotes
Tony Bianchi
“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.”
Richard Price | Times Literary Supplement
“[Ballin] adroitly sketches periodicals from The Red Dragon onwards.”
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