If you love Dylan Thomas this is your chance to be wild about the bard at Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2020! We celebrate Dylan’s life and work at two, very special events.
THESE EVENTS ARE SPONSORED BY JOHN OLDHAM AND THE OLDHAM FOUNDATION
Dear Dylan – a tribute to Dylan Thomas
This event celebrates the launch of Dear Dylan, an anthology of poetry and letters after Dylan Thomas (Indigo Dreams). Dylan’s granddaughter, Hannah Ellis, offers a very personal insight into the life, soul and creative genius of this much-loved poet. Hannah and guest poet Roy Mcfarlane share favourite DT poems, and readings of Dylan-inspired poems. More on Hannah Ellis is available on her website. Roy Mcfarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and has lived mainly in Wolverhampton. He has been Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and Starbucks’ Poet in Residence. Roy’s writing has appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012) and he is writer and editor of Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack 2011).
Roy’s first full collection of poems was the critically acclaimed Beginning With Your Last Breath. (Nine Arches Press). ‘Combining the skills of the orator, poet, craftsman and bard, Roy McFarlane has created a very special debut.’ – Ruby Robinson
The event also includes an open mic – come and share your own Dylan inspired poems. Advance ticket holders will have priority in the list of open mic poets.
I Walk On Fire – Poetry and songs inspired by Dylan Thomas
Scott James performs new songs inspired by Dylan Thomas, which were written to as part of the Dear Dylan Project. Scott is joined by acclaimed poets Adam Horovitz (the real deal Carol Ann Duffy), and Elizabeth Parker (‘a rising star of British poetry – David Morley)
Adam Horovitz has published two collections of poems, Turning (Headland, 2011) and The Soil Never Sleeps (Palewell, 2018) and a memoir, A Thousand Laurie Lees (History Press, 2014). He has been Poet in Residence for Herefordshire and the Pasture-fed Livestock Association, among others, and was one of the first influx of Versopolis poets chosen by Ledbury Poetry Festival.
Elizabeth Parker has won and been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the Bridport, Melita Hume, Troubadour International, and Gregory ODonoghue awards. In Her Shambles is her debut poetry collection (April 2018). Its been described as Wonderfully lucid and economical… precise and delicate in its use of language by Andrew Taylor and described as a radiantly-written and vigorous collection by David Morley.