Project Description

The Strings of Song: Vernon Watkins Celebration, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

  • Date:

    Monday October 2nd


  • Taliesin Arts Centre,
    Swansea University,
    Singleton Park,
    SA2 8PZ
  • The Strings of Song

    A celebration of the poetry of Vernon Watkins in reflection and response.
    ‘The most profound and greatly accomplished Welshman writing poems in English’ DYLAN THOMAS
    To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vernon Watkins Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers, has invited five award-winning Welsh poets to write a response to Watkins’s work.
    Chaired by Professor of English and holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at
    Swansea University, M. Wynn Thomas, poets Rhian Edwards, Menna Elfyn, Paul Henry,Robert Minhinnick and Jonathan Edwards read and discuss the poetry of ‘Swansea’s other poet’before sharing their own new work.
    In support of this event the exhibition; Vernon Watkins 1906-1967: Poet of Gower, in partnership with Jeff Towns, Honorary Fellow of Swansea University, and Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore, includes a group of early manuscript poems, original letters, rare editions of his books, ephemera and photographs of Vernon and his family.
    The exhibition runs from Saturday 30th September to Tuesday 3rd October, Singleton campus main library.
    Presented in association with Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore and Research Institute for Arts & Humanities.
    Presented in association with Literature Wales, Research Institute for Arts & Humanities, CREW

    Free event – Ticket required

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