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Howl Poetry Night, Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea

  • Date:

    Thursday February 20th

  • Dylan Thomas Birthplace
    5 Cwmdonkin Drive,
    SA2 0RA

  • Hey everyone. February’s Howl is back at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace (5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands). We have our usual open mic but with a great feature poet too – Oliver James Lomax. Doors open at the Birthplace at 7:30pm to start for 8pm and it’s free entry as usual. Alcoholic drinks are sold at the Birthplace. Two thirds of Dylan Thomas’ poetry was written in the house and it’s a great opportunity to listen to a fab feature poet and to read your own poetry in the front parlour.


    Oliver James Lomax is a 36 year old poet from Bolton. He published his first collection 18 Poems in 2017 (published by Dylan’s Salubrious House Swansea) that was illustrated by the artist Dan Llewellyn Hall. The book was launched in South Wales at The Laugharne Festival and had a northern launch at The Portico Library in Manchester.

    He has been poet in residence at The Working Class Movement Library, Poet in residence with Dylan’s Book Bus at The Laugharne Weekend, Latitude Festival, Green Man, Do Not Go Gentle and The Goodlife Experience. Oliver has also been poet in residence at The Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea.

    Whilst in Swansea, Oliver performed at the Universities literature festival supporting poet laureate Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra. He was commissioned to write a poem about the 53 Trees of the Western Road in Sheffield which featured on The One Show and more recently he was commissioned to write a poem for the Nationwide Christmas Advert.

    He has just finished writing three new poems based on Peterloo that were performed by Maxine Peake at the Radical Readings commemorative event in Manchester and supported Billy Bragg performing his poems at Manchester Central library. Oliver also performed these poems at The Albert Hall in Manchester accompanied by Staylybridge Brass Band.

    He is currently working on a Songlines poetry theatre piece with The Royal Exchange in Manchester and this month released a single that Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music described as ‘An unholy hybrid of John Cooper Clarke and The Fall.’ Oliver’s poetry is now being taught in schools across the country and he is currently working on his next collection due out in May.

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