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Scintilla Issue 01 (1997)ISSUE 1 (1997)
[176pp., ISBN 0-9530674-0-8. £6.95]

Contents: Articles
 Anne Cluysenaar, ‘Rereading Henry Vaughan’s “Distraction”’
 David Crane, ‘The Poetry and the Alchemy of Poetry in the Work of Thomas and Henry Vaughan’
 Jean Earle, ‘At the Mirror of Catherine Vaughan’
 Graham Hartill, ‘“Healing Wings”: Henry Vaughan & the Poetics of Reading’
 John Killick, ‘“The Riderless Horse”: The Poetry of Vernon Watkins’
 Hilary Llewellyn-Williams, ‘“As Above, So Below”: Reflections of the Hermetic Philosophy’
 Glyn Pursglove, ‘Henry Vaughan and the Energies of Rhyme’
 Pennant Roberts, ‘Associations and Confrontations: Observations on Alchemy and Science in the 17th Century’
 Peter W. Thomas, ‘The Poisoned Grove’
 R. S. Thomas, ‘The Flesh Made Wood’
 Chandra Wickramasinghe, ‘The Birth of a Cosmic World View’

Contents: Poetry
 John Barnie, ‘Problem’; ‘Trouble’; ‘By Arrangement’
 Ruth Bidgood, ‘Cwm Pennant’
 Joseph P. Clancy, ‘Screens’; ‘Down Under’
 Tony Curtis, ‘Poem XVII from “The Arches”’
 Catherine Fisher, ‘The Thicket’
 Jeremy Hilton, ‘The Room That Turned’
 Ric Hool, ‘Untying the Knot of Gravity’; ‘The Knot and the Lake’
 Nigel Jenkins, ‘Observatory’; ‘Atom I’; ‘Atom II’; ‘In/dependence’
 Gwyneth Lewis, ‘Melangell Variations’
 Robert Minhinnick, ‘Roadkill Blues’
 Angela Morton, ‘Thomas Beside the Vaporous Usk’
 John Powell Ward, ‘Eros’
 Fiona Sampson, ‘Poems from “de Salmone”’
 Norman Schwenk, ‘Demon’
 Mercer Simpson, ‘Henry Vaughan Visits His Grandfather at Tretower’
 Pauline Stainer, ‘Karumi’; ‘Epiphany in Umbria’
 Sean Street, ‘Above Newton Farm’
 Kim Taplin, ‘Reprinted from the “The Transactions of the World’s End & District Field Club’; ‘The August Thorn’
 Chris Torrance, ‘December Meditation’
 Henry Vaughan, ‘Distraction’
 Chandra Wickramasinghe, ‘Speech’; ‘Monsoon’; ‘The Chase’; ‘Evening’
 Sue Moules, ‘Ocean’; ‘Domestic’ Back to the Top of the Page

Visual Art
Issue 1 features illustrations by Janet Walters (inc. cover art) and John Digby.

 JOHN BARNIE’s latest books are Heroes (Gomer, 1996), a collection of poems, No Hiding Place (University of Wales Press, 1996), and The Wine Bird (Gomer, 1998).
 RUTH BIDGOOD’s most recent collection is The Fluent Moment (published by Seren, 1996). Another collection is in progress. She lives in Powys.
 ANNE CLUYSENAAR lives in Gwent and teaches at Cardiff University. Timeslips, New and Selected Poems, appeared from Carcanet (1997). She recently received an Arts Council bursary to write about the life of Alfred Russell Wallace and issues in natural history.
 JOSEPH P. CLANCY is an American poet and translator who now lives in Aberystwyth. His new collection, Ordinary Time, was published in 1999.
 DAVID CRANE is a research fellow in the Department of English at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
 TONY CURTIS is Professor of Poetry at the University of Glamorgan. The Arches, a collection of poems, with collages by John Digby, appeared from Seren in 1998.
 JOHN DIGBY is a Londoner based in Long Island NY. He exhibits internationally. His collages appeared with Tony Curtis’s poems in The Arches (1998).
 JEAN EARLE is the author of five books of poetry. The latest is The Sun in the West (Seren). She was born in 1909 and lives in Shrewsbury.
 CATHERINE FISHER: Winner of Cardiff International Poetry Competition. Has published two collections Immrama (1988), The Unexplored Ocean (1994), published by Seren.
 GRAHAM HARTILL: Poet and co-founder of the Poetry in Healing Project, set up to promote the use of writing in therapeutic contexts. He taught at Nankai University, 1985–6, where he met his collaborator Fu-Sheng Wu. Their Songs of My Heart, translations from the taoist poet Ruan Ji, appeared from Wellsweep in 1998.
 NIGEL JENKINS’s poetry can be heard on a recently released audio cassette, Remember Tomorrow (Gomer). His latest collection of his work, Ambush, appeared in 1998 (Gomer).Back to the Top of the Page
 JOHN KILLICK is a poet and critic, and in recent years has been working on a writing project with people with dementia.
 HILARY LLEWELLYN-WILLIAMS teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at Cardiff University. Her most recent collection is Animaculture (Seren, 1997). She has been awarded an Arts Council bursary to work on the I-Ching poems.
 GWYNETH LEWIS has published three collections of poems, two in Welsh, one in English, Parables and Faxes won the Aldeborough Poetry Festival First Collection Prize. It and Cyfrif Un ac Un y Dri were shortlisted for the Welsh Arts Council Book of the Year.
 ROBERT MINHINNICK’s Selected Poems appears from Carcanet Press in Autumn 1998. He is the new editor of Poetry Wales.
 SUE MOULES: some of her poems will appear in Thoughts Like An Ocean, Pont Books. She lives in Lampeter.
 ANGELA MORTON: born Abergavenny, 1936. Now lives near Brecon and is busy reading alchemy. Runs creative writing groups for the Acorn project.
 GLYN PURSGLOVE, Senior Lecturer, University of Swansea and editor of The Swansea Review, has written many books and articles on English poetry from the 17th century to the present day.
 PENNANT ROBERTS is a semi-retired pharmacist living in Hale, Cheshire. Born Tryefynnon, Flintshire. Educated at John Bright School, Llandudno. Interests include history of pharmacy.
 FIONA SAMPSON’s awards include the Newdigate Prize and Southern Arts Writer’s Award Her first collection was Picasso’s Men (1994).
 NORMAN SCHWENK is convenor of Creative Writing at Cardiff University.
 MERCER SIMPSON has published two poetry collections, East Anglian Wordscapes (Rockingham Press) and Rain from A Clear Blue Sky (Gomer).
 PAULINE STAINER lives on one of the Orkney Islands. Her last collection, The Wound-dresser’s Dream, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize.Back to the Top of the Page
 SEAN STREET: writer and broadcaster Senior Lecturer in Media Arts, Bournemouth University. Prose includes The Wreck of the Deutschland and The Dymock Poets. Plays include Honest John (Central TV Drama Award, 1993). Five collections of poems.
 KIM TAPLIN’s last publication is For People With Bodies (Flarestack 1997), available from Redditch Library, and first book, The English Path, is due to reappear, with a new chapter on the last twenty years, from McCarthy and Bassett in 2000.
 PETER THOMAS teaches English and Renaissance Literature at Cardiff University. He is particularly inter-ested in Court culture and the impact of the Civil War on poetry.
 R. S. THOMAS: born 1913. Retired Vicar of Aberdaron. Books in Welsh and English.
 CHRIS TORRANCE, resident in Wales since 1970, writes books of The Magic Door series, teaches Creative Writing, and runs Poetheat with Chris Vine.
 JANET WALTERS: born Canada 1944. Educated London and Newcastle upon Tyne University. Fine Art Degree. Member of Art 2000. Now teaches and paints in South Wales.
 JOHN POWELL WARD’s poetry includes The Clearing (1984, Welsh Arts Council Prize), A Certain Marvellous Thing (1993) and Genesis (1996). He holds an Honorary Research Fellowship, University of Swansea.
 CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE, currently Professor of Applied Mathematics and Astronomy in Cardiff University, is internationally renowned for his pioneering work on the nature of interstellar dust and the cosmic origins of life.

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