Yesterday was my "Dylan Thomas day". A lifelong fan, I was very much looking forward to the lecture by Professor John Goodby of Swansea University and was not disappointed. He gave a fascinating talk, concentrating very much on the substance of the poetry rather than the man (although I doubt if it's actually feasible to seperate them completely) and looking at why it has been out of academic favour for some time. In the evening Peter Read performed his very moving one man play "Dylan's Last Journey" at the Everyman - what a shame there wasn't a larger audience to share such a well-researched and written piece of theatre.
And today saw "Myth, Memory and Music" with Jennie Farley, David Clarke and Chris Hemmingway - such an enjoyable event, with poems recalling everything from the glamour and romance of the 1930s ballroom to the pop songs of the 80s and "Elvis Presley's Other Daughter"! A great way to spend a Sunday lunchtime.
|David Clarke, Jennie Farley and Chris Hemmingway at Oxfam|