2014 - Itís Dylan Thomasís Birthday!

This year we celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomasís birth. He was born on the 27th of October 1914 in Swansea.

His ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood is justifiably one of his best known and most loved works. It is set in the fictional fishing village of Llaregub (a backward version of ‘bugger-all’). Llaregub is home to a cast of drunkards, ghosts and unrequited lovers. The omniscient narrator guides us through the innermost thoughts and dreams of the cast, which memorably includes Organ Morgan, Captain Cat, the two Mrs Dai Breads and Polly Garter who pines for her lost love. One of the most famous renditions of Under Milk Wood was the one produced by the BBC in 1954 which featured the fabulous voice of Richard Burton.

Thomas had a wonderful and memorable use of words (‘snouting, velvet dingles’) and this extraordinary gift is, to me, one of the great things that draws me back time and again to his work. Who can forget the wonderful lyricism of A Child’s Christmas in Wales:

Under Milk Wood, Peter Blake‘All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find. In goes my hand into that wool-white bell-tongued ball of holidays resting at the rim of the carol-singing sea, and out come Mrs. Prothero and the firemen.’

To help celebrate Dylan Thomas’s centenary we have acquired two copies of the Peter Blake edition of Under Milk Wood. These are both signed by Peter Blake and available for £175 plus p&p.

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