Tag: Dylan Thomas

Dylan and Stravinsky: A Missed Masterpiece?

Did you know that before he died, Dylan Thomas met with the great Igor Stravinsky to discuss collaborating on a “musical theatrical work”? This never happened because Dylan’s sudden, untimely death interfered with their plans, but I was intrigued by

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Understanding Poetry for Beginners

For anyone who struggles to understand poetry, the Open Guide to Literature on Dylan Thomas by Walford Davies is a good place to start. I have been a fan of Dylan Thomas’ works for as long as I can remember,

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Poem of the Month: ‘A Dream of Winter’

‘Very often on winter nights the halfshaped moonlight sees Men through a window of leaves and lashes marking gliding Into the grave an owl-tongued childhood of birds and cold trees,’ ‘A Dream of Winter’, from Dylan Thomas: Collected Poems (2014)

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We are the Best Family Venue in the UK!

Wow! What an honour – Best Family Venue in the UK! Last night we were named as the Best Family Venue in the UK at the Fantastic for Families Awards ceremony in The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, which saw over 25

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Rapture at Christmas

This has to be my favourite season… and not only because Christmas is coming. It’s that time of year when we welcome our annual guests, recent National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. On the

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Party Hats, Cake and Calligraphy at Dylan’s Birthday Bash!

We had a ball celebrating the birth of our favourite Swansea-born poet, Dylan Thomas himself, at Dylan’s Birthday Bash on Monday 30 October. From 1pm – 4pm we made birthday badges, had our faces painted and also consumed a lot

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A favourite Dylan Thomas poem

‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees Is my destroyer. And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose My youth is bent by the same wintry

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‘Sea-spying windows’ and ‘smoky ship-pictured bars’: Dylan Thomas’ ‘Quite Early One Morning’ (1945) Part 2

Part 2 We left part one of this ‘Quite Early One Morning’ post relishing Dylan’s comic observations about New Quay and its slowly stirring townsfolk. After a while the broadcast adopts a wistful, world-weary tone, and we hear about the

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‘Sea-spying windows’ and ‘smoky ship-pictured bars’: Dylan Thomas’ ‘Quite Early One Morning’ (1945)

  Part 1 I recently discovered Dylan’s broadcast ‘Quite Early One Morning’ (1945), first recorded on 14 December 1944 and broadcast by the Home Service on 31 August 1945. As I listened I could hear, in its opening, its setting, and in

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The Collected Letters – A Reader’s Journey

Remember that time when people wrote each other letters and put them in the post? Me neither. But people DID! And Dylan Thomas…wow, he really did. I’m sat here looking at 1062 pages of letters. (Ok, some of that is

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