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

“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 very secondary importance ... I fell in love, that is the only expression I can think of, at once, and am still at the mercy [...]

My Dylan Thomas highlights from 2017

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 News page on this website but here are a few of my highlights. Dylan’s work was still alive and kicking in 2017 2017 reminded us [...]

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

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 house was full of snoring and well fed uncles and aunties lacing their tea with rum because "it was only once a year". I would like [...]

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

  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. In addition to grieving, Dylan was physically ill, exhausted, concerned about the state of his marriage, struggling to write and in terrible debt. The downward [...]

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, [...]

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