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DYLAN THOMAS CENTRE

PROGRAMME

September - December 2011


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WELCOME to the latest edition of the Dylan Thomas Centre Programme of events. After her reading last December, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy declared that she’d like to round off every year with a reading in Swansea. Her wish is our command, and she’ll be back at the close of the year. There’s plenty to enjoy before that, not least an exciting Dylan Thomas Festival packed with great events, details of which will be released in a separate brochure. Jo Furber Literature Officer F C PTL

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Full Price Concessions Passport to Leisure Book Launch

BOX OFFICE:  01792 463980 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2011


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DERYN REES-JONES

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

PETER GILL

SEPTEMBER EVENTS Saturday, 10 September / 1pm THEATRE-IN-FOCUS: fluellen THEATRE CO PRESENT

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW’S O’FLAHERTY VC O’Flaherty VC was written at the height of the First World War, and savagely satirises war and imperialism. All Theatre-In-Focus presentations are script-in-hand, and preceded by a talk about the playwright. ALL TICKETS: F £5

Wednesday, 28 September / 7.30pm

CARLOZ NUNEZ Swansea University’s Carloz Nunez discusses theoretical physics and string theory. TICKETS: Free Thursday, 29 September / 7.30pm POETS IN THE BOOKSHOP: DERYN REES-JONES

Deryn Rees-Jones is the author of Consorting with Angels, a book that charts the development of KICK FOR TOUCH BY PETER GILL twentieth-century women’s poetry, and is editor of the The story of a love triangle between two brothers, Joe accompanying anthology Modern Women Poets. Her and Jim, and Joe’s wife Eileen. “[Gill has] an explosive fourth collection of poems, Burying the Wren, is concentration and lyrical integrity rare, not to say unique, forthcoming from Seren in 2012. Plus open mic. TICKETS: F £4 C £2.80 PTL £1.60 among living British playwrights” - Plays and Players. F ALL TICKETS: £4 Wednesday, 14 September / 7.30pm

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PATRICK GALVIN

GERRY MURPHY

LIZ O’DONOGHUE

OCTOBER EVENTS Wednesday, 5 October / 7.30pm POETRY FROM CORK:

Thursday, 6 October / 7.30pm

GERRY MURPHY AND LIZ O’DONOGHUE

A celebration of the life and work of Patrick Galvin

Liz O’Donoghue is a poet, translator, film maker and event organiser, whose most recent book is Train To Gorey. Gerry Murphy, following an unforgettable performance earlier this year, returns to celebrate his latest collection, My Flirtation with International Socialism. The reading will be preceded by In the Hands of Erato, Liz O’Donoghue’s film featuring Paddy Galvin and other Cork writers reading poems in the settings they describe, which she filmed in 1999 and 2000. It will be shown from 6.45 – 7.15pm, and is included in the ticket price. TICKETS: F £4 C £2.80 PTL £1.60 4

SONG FOR A RAGGY BOY Poets and musicians from Swansea and Cork pay tribute to Paddy Galvin, one of Ireland’s most influential poets, who was instrumental in establishing the Swansea–Cork Writers’ Exchange. Paddy, who was also a singer, playwright and screen writer, drew large and appreciative audiences whenever he read in Swansea. Gerry Murphy and Liz O’Donoghue will be joined by the Swansea poets Nigel Jenkins, David Hughes and John Goodby, the singer Margot Morgan and the musician Andy Jones (of Boys from the Hill fame). TICKETS: Free SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2011


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JASMINE DONAHAYE

SIMON ARMITAGE

HENRIK IBSEN

Saturday, 15 October / 1pm THEATRE-IN-FOCUS: fluellen THEATRE CO PRESENT

‘A CELEBRATION OF IBSEN’

Thursday, 20 October / 7.30pm POETS IN THE BOOKSHOP: JASMINE DONAHAYE

A look at the life and work of Henrik Ibsen, “the father of modern theatre”, with excerpts from Peer Gynt, Ghosts, A Doll’s House and The Enemy of the People. All Theatre-In-Focus presentations are scriptin-hand, and preceded by a talk about the playwright. ALL TICKETS: F £5

Jasmine Donahaye’s first poetry collection, Misappropriations, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize, and her second, Self-Portrait As Ruth, was longlisted for Wales Book of the Year. She teaches at Swansea University, and is editor of Planet. Plus open mic. TICKETS: F £4 C £2.80 PTL £1.60

Wednesday, 19 October / 7.30pm

27 October – 9 November

DAVID SKIBINSKI Swansea University’s David Skibinski discusses Fermi paradox and extraterrestrial life. Organised with the Wales Gene Park. TICKETS: Free www.dylanthomas.com

DYLAN THOMAS FESTIVAL With Sarah Waters, Simon Armitage, Pete Brown, Tony Penrose, Fflur Dafydd, Horatio Clare, Matthew Hollis, Deborah Kay Davies, Tessa Hadley, and Somalian poets, Gaarriye and Saado. See  www.dylanthomas.com 5


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NOVEMBER EVENTS

Thursday, 24 November / 7.30pm POETS IN THE BOOKSHOP:

PHILIP GROSS

BRIAN FRIEL

Saturday, 12 November / 1pm THEATRE-IN-FOCUS: fluellen THEATRE CO PRESENT

BRIAN FRIEL’S THE YALTA GAME Brian Friel is arguably Ireland’s greatest living playwright. The Yalta Game explores the giddiness of love but also the dark cynicism that can undermine it. A wonderfully comic and bittersweet play from a master of his craft. All Theatre-In-Focus presentations are script-in-hand, and preceded by a talk about the playwright. ALL TICKETS: F £5 6

T.S. Eliot Prize winner Philip Gross reads from Deep Field, his new collection from Bloodaxe. In his nineties, Gross’s father, a wartime refugee, began to lose his several languages, first to deafness, then profound aphasia. Deeply thought as well as deeply felt, these poems reach into that gulf to find him. Plus open mic. TICKETS: F £4 C £2.80 PTL £1.60 Wed, 23 November / 7.30pm

ORANGE BY ALAN HARRIS Two local laddos find their own answer to ‘world terrorism’. Alan Harris’ A Good Night Out in the Valleys was Alan Harris’s and National Theatre Wales’s opening play. ALL TICKETS: F £4

Wed, 30 November / 7.30pm

GEORGE TRUSCOTT Keele University’s George Truscott discusses life, death and the carotenoids, in a talk organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. TICKETS: Free SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2011


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GARY OWEN

GILLIAN CLARKE

CAROL ANN DUFFY

DECEMBER EVENTS Friday, 9 December / 7.30pm

Wed, 14 December / 7.30pm

CAROL ANN DUFFY AND GILLIAN CLARKE

FREE FOLK BY GARY OWEN

After last year’s sell-out performance, National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, return to Swansea to read and discuss their work. Early booking recommended! TICKETS:

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£12 £8

Ticket includes £1 off any new book purchased on the night.

Unexpected happenings in a small riverside community – as the water rises. Gary Owen is one of Wales’ leading writers, whose other work includes Baker Boys and Love Steals Us From Loneliness. ALL TICKETS:

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£4

Photo credits: Carol Ann Duffy © Literature Wales and John Briggs. Picasso, Hotel Vaste Horizon, Mougins,  France, by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England 2011. All rights reserved. Paddy Galvin © Billy MacGill

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EXHIBITIONS 27 October – 19 January CORRIDOR GALLERY EXHIBITION:

Lee Miller: Visiting Picasso Acclaimed photographer Lee Miller, and surrealist writer Roland Penrose, visited Picasso on many occasions, with Picasso travelling to their home in Sussex in 1950. Miller charted their remarkable friendship from 1937 to Picasso’s death in 1973, and this exhibition – which includes images of other members of the international surrealist circle – offers a unique and intimate portrait of life close to Picasso.

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SOMERSET PLACE, SWANSEA SA1 1RR 01792 463980 www.dylanthomas.com dylanthomas.lit@swansea.gov.uk

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the details of this programme are accurate, the City & County of Swansea reserve the right to alter any part of the programme without notice.

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