The International Dylan Thomas Birthplace Festival of Words
4th – 9th October 2011

Turning National Poetry Day into a Week of Words

Dylan Thomas Birthplace, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0RA

Tuesday 4th October
John Frith John is a composer and baritone from Hereford who has set Fern Hill to music for orchestra, accompanied by the accomplished pianist John Sabey
Helen Miller is an actrsss and writer who was inspired as a child by the work of Dylan.

Wednesday 5th October
Maria Lindstrom Swedish poet and folk singer on a UK tour
Lorraine King Welsh folk singer and member of group Osian. Lorraine composed ‘Number Five Cwmdonkin Drive’ for BBC Radio Wales Roy Noble Show

Thursday 6th October National Poetry Day
Fran Lock and her husband Simon spent their honeymoon in Number 5. This inspired her to complete her first book of poetry Flat Rock which will be launched in Wales tonight
Lorraine King Welsh folk singer and member of group Osian. Lorraine composed ‘Number Five Cwmdonkin Drive’ for BBC Radio Wales Roy Noble Show
Reuben Nicholas – 17 year old Welsh tenor who has recently returned from a concert tour to Venice with the Ariosa singers and accompanist Hywel Evans. Programme will include Eli Jenkins’ Prayer from Under Milk Wood

Friday 7th October
John Lindley is the former Cheshire Poet Laureate who has publiushed a number of books.
Simon Tonkin is a writer and illustrator from Bristol who won the Dylan Down the Ups short story competition in 2009 and has since become a full time artist and writer illustrating Dylan Thomas places in Swansea and Wales
Mab Jones – irreverent comic writer and poet from Cardiff

Saturday 8th October
Peter Thabit Jones, David and Caroline Gill and some poets published in the Seventh Quarry magazine will be reading. The Seventh Quarry Drama Group will perform extracts from The Boy and the Lion's Head written by Peter Thabit Jones which they are taking to America later in the year.
Swansea born and Suffolk based poet Ian Griffiths performs with the Cumbrian with Irish roots Geraldine Green who is a seasoned performer and published author

Sunday 9th October
Jon Tregenna is a singer, poet and playwright who has written comedy for the BBC. He will be reading from his latest play Buggerall – which is a parody of Under Milk Wood - and recounting tales of the Boathouse in Laugharne where he works part time.
Sue Richardson, the Cardiff based poet, joins Ian Griffiths for an evening of Welsh humour in verse aided and abetted by storyteller Amanda Rackstraw

Draft programme subject to change

Start time 7.00pm 7.30pm

Tickets – advanced bookings only - £5 per evening. Refreshments available.

Telephone 01792 472555 or info@dylanthomasbirthplace.com to book

maria lindstrom lorriane king peter thabit jones amanda rackstraw caroline gill mab jones ian griffiths