Last Known Sketch of Dylan Thomas Donated to Swansea Collection

By March 13, 2017Arty, News, Poetry

One of the last known sketches sat for by Dylan Thomas has been gifted to a collection in Swansea. The sketch was drawn by Welsh-Canadian artist, Gordon Stuart and is the last known art drawn during the poet’s lifetime.

Dylan Thomas sat for the sketch after a chance meeting in Laugharne, where the poet’s famous boathouse and writing shed stand, and was drawn just before Thomas left for New York where he died in 1953.

Stuart gave the sketch to close friend Dr Wyn Gittins of Cross Hands, South Wales, who now lives in Canada, and it’s he who has donated the piece to Swansea Council’s Dylan Thomas Collection, flying into the city especially to present the sketch.

Although connected to Laugharne, Swansea is where Thomas was born and grew up and the city holds a substantial collection of his works, and memorabilia relating to the poet, which they feature at cultural venues across the city and beyond.

Stuart died in 1991, but during his life painted several high profile characters including US President Jimmy Carter, Welsh artist Sir Kyffin Willians, and former rugby international Cliff Morgan.

Those interested in learning more about Dylan Thomas can read a list of books about the author’s life and works here.

Previously Unseen Sylvia Plath Poems Discovered

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An old notebook belonging to Sylvia Plath has been discovered to be holding a secret for the past five decades.

Plath had used carbon paper with her typewriter, as was often the way, while writing her poetry and recording her thoughts. Some of these scraps of carbon paper were discovered in the back of an old notebook, her words still etched on the dark ink.

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14 Nayyirah Waheed Poems to Stir Your Soul

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Nayyirah Waheed is an African-American poet and author with two published books under her belt. She treasures her privacy so not a lot is known about her personal life except what we can see in her poetry.

Nayyirah is known as one of the most famous and loved poets on Instagram with over 250,000 followers reading her art every day.

Her poetry surrounds issues of identity and race, love, emotion, and feminism. Her brevity of language and use of punctuation and lowercase letters, encourages the reader to examine the depth of her meaning. It captivates each reader through beauty, pain, and spirit.

I hope you enjoy these selected poems, and are inspired to explore her work further.

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Manchester Artists Collaborate for Tribute

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When Manchester held a vigil last week to mark the terrible terrorist attack on the city, poet Tony Walsh was asked to read his poem ‘This is the Place’, and that action has inspired the city artists to collaborate on a new book to help those affected by the terror attack on 22nd May.

The volume will include contributions from designers, illustrators, and photographers who will each respond to a line in the poem for the new book. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to charity. Read More

Shakespeare’s Sonnets to Soothe the Soul

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William Shakespeare: the wordsmith; the romantic; the artist.

He certainly has a way with words and his sonnets remain some of his most popular work to date. Shakespeare’s sonnets were first published on the 20th of May in 1609, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe of London.

We have chosen a small selection of his works to share with you today…

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BBC Books to Publish first Doctor Who Poetry Collection

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With Illustrations by Russell T. Davies!

Books and Doctor Who go together like bread and jam. The Doctor is enthused by knowledge and learning and in his own words “Books, the best weapons in the world!” and so I’m pretty excited to hear the news that the first Doctor Who Poetry Collection is coming and will be published by BBC Books later this year. Read More

10 Insightful Emily Dickinson Quotes

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The American poet Emily Dickinson was born on 10th of December 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts and died on the 15th of May 1886. She was part of a prominent family with good community connections, however Emily unfortunately lived most of her life in isolation.

She was a prolific poet but fewer than 12 of her almost-1,800 poems were published during her life. There were conventional rules poets must follow at the time so much of her work was altered to fit this. Emily’s poems are unique for the era with their short lines, lack of titles, and use slant, or half, rhyme, as well as her unconventional use of punctuation and capitals. Her work often centres around dying, death, and immortality or imaginative natural imagery involving flowers, gardens, and paradise.

Here are ten of our favourite quotes from her works that inspire, provoke thought, or made us smile…

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