The Majoliers: Caitlin’s Literary Rellies. Guest blog by David N. Thomas.

By | April 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The last time I was in Port Talbot, I walked the Richard Burton Trail. My first stop was the park, which boasts the rather underwhelming Burton Memorial Flowerbed. Then on to Connaught Street to plaqueless number six, where Burton once lodged. Both he and I spent our teenage years in these sulphurous back streets. Across [...]

Laugharne: ‘The strangest town in Wales’!

By | April 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

It's that time of year again, the famous (or should that be infamous?) Laugharne weekend is upon us and the small seaside town in West Wales will be alive with festival goers hoping that everything will be as quirky and as chaotic as normal - they would be disappointed if things were to run smoothly!  You [...]

Remembering Mum Through Her Poetry: How Aeronwy Thomas was so much more than just Dylan’s daughter.

By | March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Mothering Sunday is always a strange day, as those of you that have lost a parent will understand. Previously I have avoided Facebook, parks, and restaurants, anywhere in fact where I may bump into mothers celebrating with their children. However this year I took a slightly different tact and decided to put time aside to [...]

#Dylan Day#Love The Words: Find Out More About International Dylan Thomas Day

By | March 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

We’re two months away from Dylan Day. A press release has gone out and journalists have marked the date in their diaries, events are being confirmed, (keep checking our Dylan Day page as they are coming in fast and furiously) and the ‘Love the Words’ writing competition for children and young people has been launched. [...]

Did that really happen?: Why I have begun to re-examine my memories.

By | March 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I have had a few experiences recently that have completely caught me off guard. The result being that I am now challenging myself and questioning my recall of some very significant memories. On Monday evening, as usual, I was driving my son to football training. I parked the car, switched off the engine and looked [...]

Keep Calm and Have a Cwtch: Why, even though I was born in England, I think of myself as Welsh.

By | February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

You’re at a work colleague’s wedding reception and there are the few odd faces you know, but, in general, they are all strangers. Sitting around the large circular table, and after the awkward introductions, and the polite descriptions about how you know the bride and groom, the person to your left turns to you and [...]

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 [...]