Celebrate the 2014 centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas over afternoon tea with Tony Curtis, the Welsh poet who shared his home town for seven years.
Sunday, November 2. 2pm. Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage.
Tickets: £10 (includes tea and scone!)
Then enjoy a selection of sonnets by Shakespeare, Wyatt and a host of others.
The entertainment kicks off with My Life with Dylan, an entertaining account of the influences and interactions felt by the Welsh poet Tony Curtis whose early years growing up in Carmarthen overlapped with Thomas’ last years.
Taught at university by Thomas’ best friend Vernon Watkins, Curtis shares memories and discusses Thomas’ influence and legacy as a major poet and a man reputed to be mad, bad and dangerous to know.
“As a young poet, Dylan was the mountain you had to climb or by-pass, tunnelling through him left you in the dark, unable to find yourself or hear your own voice,” he said.
Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales. He has published over 30 books, including eight collections of poetry, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.
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Ross Cogan and Christine Whittemore, poets with very different voices but a shared respect for craft, will then help us celebrate the sonnet. As well as discussing its history and development, they will read a selection of sonnets by various poets from Wyatt and Shakespeare to the present day, including well-known favourites alongside some lesser-known works. Some of their own sonnets will also be on the menu.
Christine Whittemore from Cheltenham, has lived in Italy, the USA, and France, and is now back in her home-town. Her poems have appeared in various American and British journals and her work has won several awards in both countries. While in the USA she led writing workshops at conferences and in schools, community college, the local arts council, and elsewhere; and coordinated a poetry reading series at a regional library. At this year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival she presented in two events. She is also an essayist and novelist; a novel, Inscription, will appear in early 2015.
is a writer, researcher and editor, as well as the Creative Director of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. He has published two collections, Stalin’s Desk (2005) and The Book I Never Wrote (2012), both with Oversteps. He has won many prizes for his work and his poetry has been published in a number of magazines.