Life After Dylan: How the family was disempowered

  In last week’s blog, I explored the chain reaction of events that led to Dylan Thomas developing the one-sided and superficial image of being a randy letch and outrageous drunk. I would like to follow on from that and consider other fallouts that resulted from him dying young and being famous.   In particular, how his family have had to endure years of trying to get their voice heard amongst a quagmire of opinion, judgement and ‘ownership’, and the numerous [...]

Life After Dylan: Why there are still so many unanswered questions

Today, as I write this, I am 39 years old and thirteen days (Yes, I hear your loud gasp of, “Wow, doesn’t she look good for her age!” Come on indulge me.) and this may not seem significant to many of you. However, it is for me as, one or two of you might realise, I am now the exact age my grandfather was when he died on Monday 9th November 1953 in New York. This fact has quite literally [...]

Why I Feel Like a Lizard in a Family of Polar Bears

“Feet up with cup of tea BUT it is bloody hot.” This was a text from my dad last Tuesday and I have had similar moans and groans from: my husband, my son, on the school run – there was even a grumble fest about the warm weather on Radio 5’s Your Call. I have no doubt that my grandfather would have forcefully joined the chorus of complaint, as he was also not a fan of the heat. His letters [...]

“I’m Just a Voice on Wheels”: Did the expectations to be the ‘great poet’ lead to the early death of Dylan Thomas?

In a follow up to my blog - Like Eggs Laid By Tigers: How Dylan Thomas's Language Filled Early Years Shaped his Poetry - below is a biography of Dylan's later life from 1939 until his death in November 1953. Dylan Thomas’s life – 1939-1953 By 1939, Dylan had become a father for the first time and Europe was at war. There was little time to focus on his poetry, as it was essential that he take on more responsibilities and help [...]

Llansteffan Literary Festival: A weekend to remember!

From Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th June, the breathtakingly beautiful village of Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire, West Wales will open its doors to excited festival goers from far and wide. The writer and publisher Richard Davies has recently moved to the area and is encouraging lovers of words to come and discover the hidden literary secrets of the Llansteffan Peninsula. Llansteffan is “Wales’ best kept secret” - well until now at least - “a sort of Never Never land known only [...]

“I never thought them to be imitations but rather wonderfully original things, like eggs laid by tigers”: How Dylan Thomas’s language filled early years shaped his poetry.

I was recently asked by one of Dylan Thomas’s literary agents to provide her with a Dylan Thomas biography that she could share with organisations and individuals that were interested in performing Dylan’s work. Below is my first attempt at condensing the first twenty-five years of his life (the second part is next week) which I’ve found terribly difficult as there are so many experiences and influences that had a intense impact on him. However, here it is. My plan [...]

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