26. Oct, 2014

Dylan Thomas (Son of the Sea)

Son of the Sea, Dylan Thomas, was just 39 years old when he died. This well known poet, who would have been 100 years old tomorrow, was born in Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea, on October 27th 1914 and died in New York on the 9th November 1953.

    It was just a couple of days ago that I told you about the medieval Welsh manuscript and the story of The Mabinogion. Well, Dylan’s father named his son after Dylan ails Don, a character from the story.

     Famous for his works, Under Milk Wood, And death shall have no dominion and Do not go gently into that good night, to name just a few, have been read all around the globe! But my favorite has always been A Child’s Christmas in Wales, I guess because this rather nostalgic story is from a young child’s point of view and reflects on times gone by that were much simpler and more romantic somehow. Here is a sample of that story.

"One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six." From A Child's Christmas in Wales

     I am so looking forward to listening to three hours of Dylan’s work being read out by various actors and narrators (Melissa Berry included) at Swansea Grand Theatre tomorrow, to mark his 100th birthday. They’ve been at it all day today and it doesn’t end until tomorrow at 11pm, mustn’t forget to take a picnic!