Swansea University’s world authority on Dylan Thomas gives lecture at Theatre Royal Bath

Professor John Goodby delivered a lunchtime lecture at the Theatre Royal Bath on Tuesday 29 April 2014 on ‘The Life and Works of Dylan Thomas’.

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The hour-long lunchtime lecture complemented the Clwyd Theatre Cymru production of Under Milk Wood, and gave an insight into the cultural and social context in which this most famous of Dylan Thomas’s work was created.

John Goodby 2Professor John Goodby is a critic, poet, translator and arts organiser.

An expert on modern Irish poetry, he is also a world authority on Dylan Thomas, editor of the new annotated edition of the Collected Poems(2014) and author of The Poetry of Dylan Thomas: Under the Spelling Wall (2013).

Dylan Thomas - Under the Spelling Wall (small)He is the Director of the Dylan Thomas Research Project within the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales (CREW), a Fellow of the English Association, and advises the British Council, BBC, AHRC, Literature Wales and other bodies marking the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth in 2014.

His research focuses on late/modernist writing; he has pioneered critical recognition of its importance in Irish poetry, and argues that Dylan Thomas is a hybrid figure whose fusing of modernism and mainstream modes problematises the fault-line in post-Waste Land British poetry.

From 2009-12 he was a co-organiser of the Hay and Alloa Poetry Jamborees, and in 2011 he founded the Boiled String series of poetry chapbooks, which has published titles by Childe Roland, Rhys Trimble and Ulrike Dräsner among others.

Current projects include: a website and translation app based on Dylan Thomas’s poetry, a collection of essays on Irish poetry, a monograph on Welsh modernist and alternative poetry 1930-2010 and the anthology to go with it, and various poetry collections and translations.

For further information on the Clwyd Theatre Cymru production of Under Milk Wood, which runs from 5-10 May 2014, click here.