My Life with Dylan is an entertaining account of the influences and interactions felt by the Welsh poet Tony Curtis whose early years growing up in Carmarthen overlapped with Dylan’s last years.
He was taught at university by Dylan’s best friend Vernon Watkins; has won the Western Mail’s Dylan Thomas Prize and also the Dylan Thomas Prize for Spoken Poetry.
Tony Curtis has taken the great American beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti to Dylan’s Boat House and has talked with many who knew Dylan – Dannie Abse, John Pudney, Raymond Garlick, Stanley Moss, Glyn Jones, John Ormond and Dylan’s daughter Aeronwy.
He says: “As a young poet, Dylan was the mountain you had to climb or by-pass, tunneling through him left you in the dark, unable to find yourself or hear your own voice.”
In Dylan’s centenary year My Life with Dylan Thomas offers a fascinating account of the continuing influence of a major poet and a man who was reputed to be mad, bad and dangerous to know.
Tony Curtis is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales . He has published over 30 books, including eight collections of poetry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.
Sunday, November 2. 2:00pm. Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage. Tickets: £10 (includes tea)