Programme — October 21-23, 2016
Friday Oct. 21 7.00 pm Art and Poetry on Dylan Thomas Themes Muffin Man £3. Artist Anthea Millier and guest poet Sharon Larkin both showcase their work inspired by Dylan Thomas. Followed by an Open Mic for Dylan-inspired poems.
Saturday Oct. 22, 2.00 pm — 4.00 pm, Poetry workshop With Rhian Edwards The Wilson. £15
Acclaimed poet Rhian Edwards offers this innovative workshop in which she will be using Dylan Thomas poems such as ‘Fern Hill’, ‘The Hunchback in the Park’ and ‘After The Funeral’ to inspire character portraits and an evocative sense of place.
This will be an inspiring and informative workshop offering you a rare opportunity to work in a small group with Rhian, one of the UK’s finest poets.
Rhian Edwards (an “astounding Welsh poet with performances that get you in the emotional gut” BBC Radio 3) has been praised for her charismatic and powerful performances of her powerful poetry (“Poetry has never sounded so alive” – Cerys Matthews).
Rhian is a multi-award winning poet. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren) won Wales Book of the the Year and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013. It was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. Her pamphlet of poems Parade the Fib (Tall-Lighthouse), was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008. Rhian is also the current winner of the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, winning both the Judges and Audience award. More on Rhian Edwards.
Saturday Oct. 22, 8.00 pm — 10.00 pm, I Walk on Fire Spoken Word Cabaret Smokey Joe’s. £8/£5 conc*
Join us for an electrifying night of spoken word. Three performers read their favourite Dylan poems, plus new work inspired by the Welsh bard. Rhian Edwards is an “astounding Welsh poet with performances that get you in the emotional gut” BBC Radio 3. Full details of Rhian are above.
JPDL Is an exciting new urban voice – a UK hip hop artist and poet who has just released his first album Seasonally Affective.
Vicky Hampton is a Gloucestershire-based Welsh poet who writes poignant, lyrical and edgy verse.
The night also includes an Open Mic – come and read your own poems.
Sunday October 23, 4.00 pm — 5.00 pm, Dylan In Performance The Playhouse. £5/£4 conc*
Join us for a feast of Dylan Thomas’s finest work, devised by Marilyn Timms and brought to you by local poets and actors from the Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham. Dylan was a writer of great versatility. He penned humorous short stories and witty drama as well as moving and dramatic poems such as ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’, ‘Elegy’ and ‘Ceremony After a Fire Raid’. You never know, Polly Garter may even sing for us. Your performers are Aled Thomas, Howard Timms, Jan Uzzell, and Ben Lowater.
Sunday October 23, 7.00 pm — 10.00 pm, Inspired by Dylan The Playhouse. £4/£3 conc*.
Cherry picked poets, including Jennie Farley, Kathryn Alderman, Jean Riley and Frances March, read their favourite Dylan poems plus new work inspired by the Welsh bard.
Open Mic. Bring your favourite Dylan poems to read, alongside one of your own.