Guest blog: Love the Words (And the Images, too) – International Dylan Thomas Day 2017

By | February 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I’m the Coordinator of International Dylan Thomas Day. I’m also a poet, a writer, a journalist, a creative writing tutor, a rambler, a grumbler, a drinker of wine, a fan of karaoke, and a baker of various cakes which I invariably end up eating most of myself. These are all things I love doing. It’s [...]

The Dylan Thomas ‘brand’: should a cultural icon be exploited to sell Wales?

By | February 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Who is Dylan Thomas to you?   Is he a rebel? A ‘one-off' that sticks two fingers up to authority and does things his own way.   Is he the doomed poet? The wild-eyed and troubled bard knocking back shot after shot of whisky and intent on self-destruction? It's possible that you may recall him [...]

“Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light ”: How Dylan Thomas’s words are raging, battling and electrifying the world.

By | January 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

 “Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” pleaded Dylan Thomas as he watched his ailing father, D.J, battle with the devastating effects of throat cancer. He was slowly but surely losing his eyesight and one of the shattering consequences of that was, that the once revered [...]

Pssst, pass on the message: Spread the word about

By | January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I’ve just returned home from a snowy school run; a steaming mug of strong tea by my side and I’m wearing my comfy tartan pyjamas (why not? No-one can see me after all!). I relax my shoulders and breathe, “Aaaaahhh.” And now, I’m ready to start work on this week’s blog. I would love to [...]

Christmas: When Dad showed goodwill towards children. Aeronwy Thomas remembers how the Thomas family celebrated the festive season.

By | December 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|

As I was digging through my dad’s bookshelves (I often take a peek when I visit and ‘borrow’ a volume or two), which are overloaded with books by and about Dylan Thomas I came across a thin pink book, it’s more a pamphlet actually, called Christmas and Other Memories by Aeronwy Thomas. It’s an absolutely [...]

Caitlin: The Monster That Destroyed Dylan Thomas…or was she?

By | November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

In recognition of the London screening of  'Love Somehow', a film about the relationship between Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, I have decided to write a blog about my grandmother.  It's slightly different (hopefully not too cheesy!) as I've expressed my thoughts and feelings through a letter to her.  I always called her Nonna (Nanny in [...]

Land of my fathers? My fathers can keep it! : The complicated relationship between Dylan Thomas and Wales

By | November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Last week our family was joined at Westminster Abbey by the Dylan Thomas Society to lay a wreath on my grandfather’s plaque and to mark sixty-three years since his death. Seeing him in Poet’s Corner surrounded by the likes of Lord Byron, George Eliot, DH Lawrence and Henry James reminds me of his high status [...]

“A Welsh mam, a Caedmon recording and a red Dansette record player”: How my passion for poetry began. Guest blog by Josh Brown

By | November 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Who was Dylan Thomas? Augustus John’s tousled angelic Fitzrovian? The Brown’s Hotel boozer, drinking at a book signing, staring back in the White Horse, almost lost!? At the BBC relaxed before the enormous microphone, ultimate performer of his own genius? Dissolutely sailing out from the Chelsea, a rock star poet seduced by the love America [...]

The death of Dylan Thomas: a murky trail of neglect

By | November 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

“I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies – I think that’s a record!” said Dylan Thomas to his young and attractive lover Liz Reitell just before collapsing into a fatal coma following a mammoth drinking session in his favourite New York bar. Sounds good doesn’t it? Just the way the first rock and roll poet should go. [...]