Leftover Wife: Caitlin Thomas’s interview with Vincent Kane

My grandmother (or Nonna) Caitlin Thomas was born one hundred and four years ago on the 8th December 1913. To mark the date I would like to share this fascinating interview that she did with Vincent Kane in 1977.  Throughout she is incredibly candid and amazingly honest as she details her weaknesses such as: her liking for Italian wine and men, her envy towards Dylan’s success that as a talented dancer she also wanted, her fury and anger that resulted [...]

A unique and tender account of life in the “seashaken house on a breakneck of rocks”: A review of My Father’s Places by Aeronwy Thomas. Guest blog from Josh Brown.

Of the many books I have read about Dylan Thomas, ‘My Father’s Places’ by his daughter Aeronwy, Hannah’s late mother, is undoubtedly one of the finest, being not only a valuable biography/autobiography but also an excellent work of literature. It is wonderfully well written, describing scenes and stories from the poet’s tempestuous life with a clarity and beauty that goes beyond description and takes the reader into the event itself. Little wonder. Aeronwy Thomas was a writer and a poet, [...]

Dominion: A film reimagining the last days of the poet and writer Dylan Thomas

  You may have seen the above article recently that was shared on our social media pages. The drama ‘Dominion’, that was filmed over three years ago, will finally be shown on the big screen. Initially, I was excited to hear the news and was looking forward to watching the film at long last. However, there were two words within the short piece that sent cold shivers down my spine - ‘biographical drama ’. This film is a number of things [...]

Do Not Go Gentle Festival: A festival Dylan Thomas might have liked in Swansea’s cosy and atmospheric venues.

From Friday 3rd to Saturday 4th November, Dylan Thomas's home town will be welcoming festivalgoers for the annual Do Not Go Gentle Festival, which is now in its sixth year.  The location is changing from the Uplands part of Swansea to the city centre but the warm and lively atmosphere remains the same, as does the high quality of the acts and artists taking part. I have been chatting with the festival organiser Pierre Donahue about the idea behind the festival, the [...]

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 [...]

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