The boathouse in Laugharne (Camarthenshire), where Thomas lived and wrote in the last four years of his life. Credit: Les Haines
If you enjoy language and thinking about how it can be used and the effects it can create, you might like to explore some of Dylan Thomas's work. It's a particularly good time to do this, as 2014 is the centenary of his birth.
- Poem: The Hunchback in the park (watch the BBC film, read the text, look at the GCSE Bitesize resource)
- Poem: Do not go gentle into that good night (read or listen to the text)
- Poem: Fern Hill (read or listen to the text, watch film about the place)
- Poetic 'Play for voices': Under Milk Wood (listen to the BBC Radio play)
Do you like one or more of these? Why? How would you describe Dylan Thomas's writing to someone who has never read any? Can you see any connections with other poems that you have read?
Further reading & events
- John Goodby (ed), The collected poems of Dylan Thomas (Hachett, 2014).
- BBC Radio 3 Dylan Thomas Centenary essays, including Dylan's Bardic Heritage (links with Wales's poetic past), Dylan over the Pond (his influence on black American writers) and Crossing Dylan's Boundaries.
- Dylan Thomas Festival events in Swansea include:
- Mon 27 Oct onwards - Love of Words Exhibition
- Sun 26 Oct - A 36 hour reading of Thomas's works
- Thurs 30 Oct - A discussion with John Goodby about the new collection of Thomas's poems (see above)
- Thurs 6 Nov - Contemporary poets discuss Thomas's influence