by Graham Fawcett and artist Dan Llywelyn Hall
Wednesday 3 September 6.30pm
Tickets: £10 or £25 with buffet supper afterwards. Please phone 01308 459511 to book.
To mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, tying in with Dan Llywelyn Hall’s woodcuts inspired by Thomas’s short stories, the story of the tumultuous life and fabulous poetry of the great Welsh poet.
DAN LLYWELYN HALL will now join GRAHAM FAWCETT, President of the TS Eliot Society, on Wednesday 3 September to talk about DYLAN THOMAS. Dan and Graham are presenting a Dylan Thomas Symposium at King’s Place, London, the following week. Don’t miss these two dynamic speakers!
‘When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.’ Dylan Thomas
One of Dylan Thomas’s most famous poems, ‘Fern Hill’, puts into words some of the pastoral Dylan verbal stardust, ‘honoured among wagons’ and ‘prince of the apple towns’.
Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
Trail with daisies and barley
Down the rivers of the windfall light.
Dylan steals up on people so that they have to drink his poems with him and he buys all the rounds. We recall instantly the sound of the poet’s mesmerising voice on record. A rock-star legend grew up around him before the age of rock. The legend plus the poems make Dylan a ‘total immersion’ read: he sang as he heard, and what he heard was extraordinary.
And death shall have no dominion.
Dead man naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.
‘And death shall have no dominion’ from Twenty-five Poems 1936
Make up your own mind in the company of these two dynamic speakers on 3 September. Please phone 01308 459511 to book.
Graham Fawcett lectures at Sladers Yard DATES FOR THE DIARY:
WH Auden Tuesday 11 November (part of Bridport Literary Festival).
Graham has lectured or led workshops at:
- the Aldeburgh Festival (Britten the Illuminator – Benjamin Britten’s settings of poetry)
- the Edward the Confessor Millennial Festival, Islip 2005 (From Beowulf to Bayeux)
- the British Centre for Literary Translation
- the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick
- the Postgraduate Interpreting and Translation Department of European Studies & Modern Languages at the University of Bath
- the School of English in the Department of Communication and Philosophy at the University of Cardiff
- the Dulwich Festival
- the Peterborough Festival
- the Benissa campus of the University of Alicante
- the Feltre campus of the University of Milan
- the Guild of Psychotherapists in London
- Middlesex University
- Westmont College, Santa Barbara (in London and Venice)
- the Contemporary Poets Tour
- the Institute of Linguists in Cambridge
- Metroland (Amersham)
- the Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery (Bournemouth)
- the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society (Tunbridge Wells)
- the Children’s Bookshow
- the Guild of Pastoral Psychology (London)
- the Blackheath Poetry Society
- the National Art Fund
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