The man behind the public persona – revealing the ‘real’ Richard Burton

Taliesin Arts Centre, 28 November 2012, from 5:45pm

Richard Burton Diaries Opinionated, articulate and complex, Richard Burton (born Richard Jenkins, 1925-1984) is as fascinating now as he ever was. For the first time, his surviving diaries, written between 1939 and 1983, are published by Yale Books in a single volume offering a fresh and intriguing perspective on a Burton who is honest, frank and without pomposity.

The Diaries will be irresistible to anyone wanting to know more about Burton, his storied romance with Elizabeth Taylor, and the complex, contradictory and deeply human character beyond one of film’s larger-than-life true icons.

The diaries were presented to Swansea University as part of a collection of her husband's papers by Sally Burton, and have been edited by Chris Williams, Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and Professor of Welsh History.

To mark the launch of the Diaries, on 28 November 2012, RIAH will be celebrating with an evening dedicated to Richard Burton at the Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea. There will be a unique opportunity to purchase and have your copy of the Diaries signed by editor Chris Williams, hear him read from the diaries and disclose a number of surprises, including details about Burton the Linguist, Burton the Environmentalist, and a very young and determined Richard Jenkins. The reading will be introduced by Professor Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales and will be followed by an audience question and answer session.

Burton - Taming of the Shrew

The evening will culminate in a screening of The Taming of The Shrew (1967) featuring Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, a film that features prominently in the Diaries.

Please contact Taliesin Box Office to reserve your ticket.


5:45pm-6:30pm: Waterstone’s Bookshop, Taliesin: Book signing, The Richard Burton Diaries

6:45pm-7:30pm: Reading from the Diaries and Q&A session- Chris Williams, introduced by Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales

7.30pm: Screening of The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Pricing Information:                   

Full price:  £10.00

Full-time students, Senior Citizens and Other Concessions:  £8.00

This event is kindly supported by the EPSRC-funded Bridging the Gaps collaborative research programme. 

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