Project Description

Ugly Lovely: An illustrated talk by Hilly Janes, Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea

  • Date:

    Saturday June 10th

  • Dylan Thomas Birthplace,
    5 Cwmdonkin Drive,
    SA2 0RA
  • A Dylan Thomas Society ​​event

    Ugly, Lovely: Dylan Thomas’s Swansea & Carmarthenshire
    ​of the 1950s in pictures – An illustrated talk with Hilly Janes

    A joint event with Dylan Thomas’ Birthplace; we invite you to join us for an illustrated talk at Dylan’s birthplace with Hilly Janes, editor of Ugly, Lovely: Dylan Thomas’s Swansea & Carmarthenshire of the 1950s in pictures
    – a book which contains over 40 lovely unpublished photographs of the places Dylan wove into his work, taken in 1957 soon after he died.

    ​Hilly celebrates Dylan’s ‘ugly, lovely town’ and the corner of Carmarthenshire that inspired him. Vivid and personal, the photographs, taken soon after Thomas died, come from Ethel Ross’s own archive and depict the places that Dylan knew so well, accompanied by lines from his work.

    In her collection, Ethel Ross, a local resident throughout her life and a personal friend to Dylan Thomas through family and the Swansea Little Theatre, created an important historical record of the area. Hilly spent her childhood on the Gower peninsula, where Ethel shared the family home and this unique posthumous collaboration reflects the love of the landscape of south west Wales and of Thomas’s writing that her late aunt nurtured in her.

    This engaging book also includes a satirical sketch previously unpublished in the UK, written by Dylan Thomas as a commentary on fascism. ‘Lunch at Mussolini’s.’

    Tickets – £5.00 (refreshments available)

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