'Literary Legacies': The theme of the festival for 2013 celebrates a number of literary legacies, as it celebrates 50 years of the Beatles, the same half-century since the death of Sylvia Plath, and Dylan Thomas, in the run-up to next year's centenary of his birth.

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Dr John Goodby of the Department of English Language and Literature, Swansea University, will be involved in two events at the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, which runs from 24-27 May 2013.  

Details from the programme are as follows:

Sunday 26 May 2013 at 7pm:  John Goodby and David Woolley

These two poets, both born in 1958 have published nine collections between them.  John is senior lecturer in English at University of Swansea, and a widely published critic, whose chief interests include modern Irish poetry and Dylan Thomas. 

Plymouth-born David established the highly-respected SW poetry journal Westwords in the 1980s, before a 20 year sojourn in Essex, and Wales, where he ran the arts programmes at the Dylan Thomas Centre until 2010. He then returned to the SW where he has been working for Arts Council England, Literature Works, Poetry Can, and as a freelance writer. (Tickets £5/£3)

Monday 27 May at 5pm:  Dr John Goodby:  Work of words ; re-reading Dylan Thomas

Still revered in the USA more than 50 years after his death, Thomas has drifted in and out of favour in the UK, especially in his native Wales, where the myth of his bad behaviour is better known than most of his work. Goodby's reading of the 'sonorous Welsh windbag' is uncompromisingly post-modern, arguing that Dylan has few 20th century equals as a truly unique, modernist poetic voice. John has three critical books out over the next year or so, to coincide with Thomas' centenary, and this talk will give a flavour of his approach. (Tickets £5/£3)

For further information and to book see:  http://www.bodminmoorpoetryfestival.co.uk/