Under Milk Wood and Llareggub Explained Through Dylan’s Words

This is my final blog showcasing letters from Dylan Thomas’s Collected Letters, which are now available in two paperback volumes. This letter from October 1951 was written to Princess Marguerite Caetani explaining the enclosed manuscript ‘Llareggub. A Piece for Radio Perhaps’ that eventually became his play-for-voices, Under Milk Wood. Princess Caetani was a cultured and modern woman who ensured Under Milk Wood reached a stage of completion, with her patient guidance.   The Boat House Laugharne Carmarthenshire Wales My Dear Madame Caetani, Thank you [...]

From Cheltenham to Mariposa: A wander along the road to Llareggub. Guest blog by David N Thomas.

  Not so long ago, I had an email from Dai Cwc, who’d been at school with me in Port Talbot. He’d been reading my last blog on the Majoliers, Caitlin’s literary rellies. “How come you got to kiss Liz Taylor in the Aberavon club house?” “You remember my uncle Arth?” I asked. “He was the club treasurer.” At my time of life, I’m not often taken aback, or easily. But taken aback I was when Dai Cwc’s next email [...]

Letters from Tehran: ‘Horrible oil-men sit in posh Guest-Houses while children from the mud-hut villages are three quarter naked, filthy and hungry’.

As part of my ‘Month of Letters’ blogs to mark the re-release of Dylan Thomas’s Collected Letters in two paperback volumes, here are two more letters. They were written to Dylan’s wife Caitlin Thomas in January 1951 while Dylan was in Persia on a filmmaking trip for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. I’ve chosen these particular letters because they offer an insight into how horrified Dylan was at the condition under which Persian people were living, which was in stark contrast to what [...]

Dylan Thomas The Collected Letters: My Personal Favourites

As part of my ‘Month of Letters’ blogs to mark the re-release of Dylan Thomas’s Collected Letters in two paperback volumes, here are two more letters that particularly interest me. They also, appropriately, seem to link well with another event this week, National Poetry Day. This year’s theme is Freedom. Below are two short letters to Vernon Watkins from early September 1940 and 27th July 1944. Vernon was a Swansea friend whom Dylan communicated with on various matters, including asking for help [...]

Dylan Thomas The Collected Letters: My Personal Favourites

In celebration of the re-release of Dylan Thomas's Collected Letters in two paperback volumes, I am going to choose a few of my favourite letters and upload them to this blog over the next few weeks.  Many thanks to the team at Orion for giving permission for this and allowing a sneak preview of some of Dylan's most fascinating writing. The first letter is to Trevor Hughes from May 1933. Trevor was a Swansea friend that Dylan as a teenager [...]

Holiday Memory by Dylan Thomas

The following needs little introduction.  It is a fantastic recording of my grandfather's broadcast Holiday Memory performed by the brilliant actor, Guy Masterson.  Please enjoy a nostalgic recollection of an August bank holiday weekend with all Dylan Thomas's wonderful wordplay. Guy Masterson is an actor, theatre director and Olivier Award winning producer.  His lineage in the entertainment industry is remarkable: his maternal uncle was the actor Richard Burton and his father's second cousin was the Italian Superstar Marcello Mastroianni.   [...]

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