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

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 the road is the school we went to, though not at the same time. There’s little else we have in common, except that we’ve both [...]

Laugharne: ‘The strangest town in Wales’!

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 see, this is Laugharne, the 'strangest town in Wales' with the philosophy of 'it will all be the same in a hundred years time.'  A [...]

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

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 read my mum’s poetry and prose. Though Mum was recognised as a passionate promoter of her father’s writing and for having worked tirelessly to ensure he [...]

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

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. Below I have written a detailed blog attempting to answer a few questions I have been asked. I suspect they may be things others have [...]

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

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 back at him through the rear-view mirror. Very unexpectedly, I was intoxicated by an incredibly powerful memory of arriving home when he was a toddler. [...]

Guest Blog: Poetics in the fiction of Dylan Thomas by Ray Greenblatt

  Dylan Thomas  wrote this collection of ten short stories in 1940. The characters from A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1952) are here but more fleshed out: Dan Jenkins (“The Fight”), Jack Williams (“Peaches”), the Protheros (“Old Garbo”). And Thomas’ poetic style is revealed in the prose as well: vivid imagery, alliteration, purposeful run-on lines, many adjectives, humor, strong emotions from joy to sadness. In most of these stories Dylan is his own narrator; we even observe him growing from [...]

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