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Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration and Re-Appraisal

Dylan Thomas


Friday - Sunday 27 – 29 June 2014

Much of Dylan Thomas's work enjoys an enduring popularity and his life has become the stuff of legend. In his own period he was lionised by some but also subject to harsh criticism and mealy-mouthed acknowledgement by elements of the literary-academic establishment. This residential weekend course aims to share and illuminate the delights of his best writing whilst examining some of the more problematic work. We will also attempt to locate Thomas as an English language Welsh poet writing chiefly in the 1940's. Original recordings of reading will be used where possible.

Course tutor: Derek Summers has taught poetry in further and adult education for 40 years. His publications include an anthology with the late Michael Foot, The Foots and the Poets (2010) and a recent collection of poems entitled 'brevities'. He is active in poetry circles in Oxford.
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Programme

Click here for revised Programme(24/06/14)

Study sessions last approximately 1½ hours. There will be opportunities in each session for course members to introduce a chosen piece of writing by Thomas: a poem or extract of prose or from U.M.W.


Pre-course preparation:
Core reading: Dylan Thomas, Collected Poems 1934 -52 (Dent) or any reasonable selection of his work in anthologies; Under Milk Wood, a play for voices, 1954;

Useful reading: Any prose works you can access such as A Prospect of the Sea, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog.

Key extracts will be provided on Powerpoint slides or hard copies

Special Fee (subsidized by RWF grant): £110.00pp, all-in with en suite bedroom.

Deposit £30 with balance paid 3 weeks in advance of coure start
Application form attached, or available on RWF web.

Maximum enrolment: 15

ENQUIRIES Telephone 0161 477 9376 or email bookings@raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk

The course will be held at...
The RMT National Education Centre,
47-49 Thorne Road
Doncaster DN1 2EX
Tel: 01302 556 870

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