I am a writer and teacher, out and about in the world but with Nottingham never far from my heart.
A look back at the life and work of Dylan Thomas
October 27th marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Wales' best-loved writers and poets, Dylan Thomas. Though born in the Uplands suburb of Swansea, Thomas resisted the tag of "provincial poet", instead desiring that his poetry be appreciated in a wider context. It is this insistence that has helped to make his work so enduring.
On November 20th, the Taliesin Arts Centre will host a performance which pays tribute to the life, work and legacy of one of Swansea's most famous sons. Part of the Developing Dylan 100 project, the Dylan Live performance will explore Thomas' relationship with one of the most vibrant cultural epicentres on the planet: New York.
The New York that Thomas resided in sporadically in the early 1950s was a city in flux as the artistic mediums of jazz and beat poetry began to explode into life. The Dylan Live performance will explore the journeys Thomas took in the city using a variety of different modes of expression, including hip-hop, poetry, spoken word performances and film screenings.
The event – featuring performance work from Daniel Williams, Martin Daws and Zaru Jonson among others – is free to attend, although audience members must be aged 18 . Don't miss this opportunity to explore the tragically short life of one of Wales' literary institutions.