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Dylanation: Passion, wit and honesty marks Dylan Thomas centenery

by Huw Pudner
Issue No. 2419

Wales’ culture industry is in overdrive for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas—one of the 20th century’s greatest poets. But even when Thomas was at the height of his powers, he could not make a living as a writer.  

His poetry is inspiring, but the industry that’s grown up around the legend is too much for many of us to bear.

Luckily socialist poet Phil Knight drills with passion, wit and honesty to reclaim Thomas from the money makers, culture vultures and tourist board chiefs.

Knight’s new collection Dylanation both celebrates Thomas’ poetry and looks at life in modern Wales.

This is the Wales of zero hour contacts and wretched housing—where the Nato waremongers met to plan new wars.


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Tue 2 Sep 2014, 17:23 BST
Issue No. 2419
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