"The religious aspect of Dylan Thomas's work" Professor John Goodby to give Bishop Benjamin Vaughan Memorial Lecture

Swansea University’s Professor John Goodby will give the Bishop Benjamin Vaughan Memorial Lecture at All Saints’ Church, Mumbles (Parish of Oystermouth) on Tuesday, May 20, as part of the annual Saints Alive Literature Festival.

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John Goodby - preferred‌Title: "The religious aspect of Dylan Thomas's work"

Speaker: Professor John Goodby, Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH), College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University – a world authority on Dylan Thomas.

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Time: 7.30pm start

Venue: All Saints' Church, Mumbles, Swansea

Admission: Free and all are welcome.


Lecture summary: Much has been said and written about Dylan Thomas in this centenary year of his birth.  In an open lecture at All Saints' Church, Mumbles, Professor John Goodby will look at a little explored aspect of the work of Swansea's most famous son – the impact of religion on his life and writing.

Many will be familiar with the prayer of the Reverend Eli Jenkins in 'Under Milk Wood', as sung by local male voice choirs.

Professor Goodby will deliver a lecture on the religious aspect of Dylan Thomas's work – from the 'Bible black' influence of the Welsh Chapel to his 'rage against the dying of the light'.


Speaker biography: 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).

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.