International Dylan Thomas Day 2018: Let’s come together, celebrate Dylan Thomas’s achievements and love the words.

By | February 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

“I should say I wanted to write poetry in the beginning because I had fallen in love with words. The first poems I knew were nursery rhymes and before I could read them for myself I had come to love the words of them. The words alone. What the words stood for was of a [...]

My Dylan Thomas highlights from 2017

By | December 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I have put together some of my favourite events from 2017 and have looked back at how Dylan's places have honoured him.  I also remember people we have lost and those who continue to do great work promoting Dylan Thomas.  You can find out more information at Dylan Thomas News and on the Events and [...]

A Special Christmas Treat: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

By | December 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Harper Collins have kindly allowed me to share this high quality recording of Dylan Thomas reading his deliciously wonderful festive story, A Child's Christmas in Wales.  It recalls a time when there were "wolves in Wales" next to a "carol-singing sea" while cheeky boys roamed the streets throwing snowballs at "green eyed cats".  His chaotic [...]

D.J Thomas: the man that introduced Dylan Thomas to poetry

By | December 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  Dylan Thomas’s father, David John (D.J) Thomas died sixty-five years ago from throat cancer on December 16th 1952, at the age of seventy-six.  This event turned out to be very significant in the life of Dylan Thomas as it was the start of a year that included a rapid decline in his mental wellbeing. [...]

Leftover Wife: Caitlin Thomas’s interview with Vincent Kane

By | December 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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

By | November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  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, [...]

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

By | October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Under Milk Wood and Llareggub Explained Through Dylan’s Words

By | October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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’.

By | October 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Dylan Thomas The Collected Letters: My Personal Favourites

By | September 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 [...]