Dylan Thomas: Embers & Sparks
A reading and talk with projections
Born in 1914, Dylan Thomas became one of the most successful yet controversial poets of the twentieth century. Regarded with equal amounts of adoration and suspicion in his lifetime, the extraordinary body of work he left after his death at the age of 39 continues, even after the passage of more than 60 years, to divide opinion — enthralling some and infuriating others. In an evening of poetry, personal anecdote and projections, John Lindley acknowledges the genius, ransacks the rumours and speaks of the eccentricities, comedies and tragedies that ensured Dylan’s short and colourful life became legendary.
From Cwmdonkin Drive to a ‘bronze unlikeness’ on a wet Swansea night, John Lindley goes in search of Dylan Thomas. He’s given the key to Thomas’s front door, examines the ink stain on an abandoned suit hanging in a museum. He follows the legends, the pints and the shots, wryly inspects the artefacts – photographs, cuttings, recorded speech. All that’s left is the voice, but what a voice. It echoes through John’s rhymes, half-rhymes and line-breaks, the rhythm and the assonance. Not as a slavish homage or pastiche, but a felt presence – always the music, always the voice.
Phil Williams, Poet.