Sat 28th October: An Evening with Dylan Thomas


On Saturday 28th October (7pm-11pm), Art in Penallt organised in Pelham Hall a 3-course dinner and a lively evening to celebrate the life and works of Dylan Thomas, one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century.

Not since Byron had someone so captured the public imagination for living the archetypal poet's life. Dylan Thomas' life was tempestuous, but his poetry was meticulously constructed, with the poet labouring through redraft and redraft, to produce lyric poems of passionate musicality.

Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in Swansea in 1914, and raised to speak only English despite both his parents having fluent Welsh. His first job was as a reporter on the South Wales Evening Post, but Thomas soon decided to move to London. An asthmatic, Dylan was classed as unfit to serve in the armed forces, and he spent the Second World War working for Strand Films. In 1946 he published Death and Entrances to great acclaim, and his powerful reading voice made him popular on radio and at live events.

His most celebrated work for the BBC is Under Milk Wood, a verse radio play that drew heavily on the idyllic Carmarthenshire holidays of his youth. Its completion allegedly exists partly thanks to his producer Stella Hillier who dragged him from pubs to make sure it got finished. Welsh actors Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins have both performed memorably versions of Under Milk Wood. Thomas toured America in the early 1950s increasing his reputation, but putting strain on his marriage to Caitlin Macnamara. His hard-drinking habits also took their toll and he died of pneumonia in New York in 1953.

On offer will be the chance to meet Dylan (courtesy of Geraint Thomas), hear readings and partake of a hearty Welsh three course dinner. In addition there will be entertainment including members of the Tintern Singers. No doubt much merriment, dancing and drinking will take place in true Dylan style.

Tickets at £15 are available by phone (with Debit Card) on 01600 715781 or by e-mail to Informal dress.