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A child's Christmas in Wales

(14 Posts)
Baggs Sat 23-Dec-17 19:40:29

by Dylan Thomas, read by Siân Phillips. Lovely.

lemongrove Sat 23-Dec-17 19:45:55

Yes, it is lovely, and there is a tv version too.
I love his poetry too.

annsixty Sat 23-Dec-17 19:58:57

Is it over this Christmas?

Anniebach Sat 23-Dec-17 19:59:29

Love it, he was a genius

annsixty Sat 23-Dec-17 20:03:49

On I meant.

OldMeg Sat 23-Dec-17 20:49:48

That’s a weird coincidence, I was just reading this poem earlier and now ...

Grandma70s Sat 23-Dec-17 21:06:45

I love it, too. Also Under Milk Wood.

I used to have a 45rpm record of Dylan Thomas reading a poem by Auden (‘As I Walked Out One Evening’). That was wonderful. I wonder what happened to it?

lemongrove Sat 23-Dec-17 22:09:45

I wish that he hadn’t used a plummy voice for some of his
Work though, and stuck to his natural Welsh accent ( even in a watered down way.) I heard ( on the radio! Am not that old) him doing readings in America and thought it awful and not what I had imagined.
Brilliant (though a destructive and flawed genius.)

Anniebach Sat 23-Dec-17 22:22:32

His parents sent him for elocution lessons , he never lost his Welsh accent but when hitting the bottle it was stronger

grumppa Sat 23-Dec-17 23:21:32

I haven't heard A Child's Christmas for years, not since before I was the Rev. Eli Jenkins at an Under Milk Wood reading at university. Wonderful writer.

Baggs Sun 24-Dec-17 08:25:15

I found it via Mark Steyn's Twitter account, ann. I think he does a show somewhere. Anyway, Siân's reading is lovely. Do have a listen via the link smile

annsixty Sun 24-Dec-17 08:37:02

I will.
I have never heard it read,but I did see the play which was written loosely following it with Ruth Jones in the cast and did enjoy it.
It was on television some years ago.

Elrel Fri 29-Dec-17 18:18:24

It's lovely and surprisingly little known. There's another prose piece I enjoy 'Holiday Memory' describing an August Bank Holiday charabanc outing to a beach.

M0nica Sat 30-Dec-17 17:54:45

I read it every Christmas, together with A Christmas Carol and Winter by Adam Gopnik