The Hunchback in the Park read by Michael Sheen #NationalPoetryDay

A poem by Dylan Thomas has been brought to life in a short animated film to mark National Poetry Day. Michael Sheen narrates The Hunchback in the Park for the movie by award-winning Aardman Animations for BBC Wales. Sheen said the film brought the poem, set in Swansea, to life in “very imaginative and striking way”. The animation can be seen on the BBC iPlayer and will be shown on BBC One Wales later in October to mark the centenary of the poet’s birth.

The complete poems of Dylan ThomasThe poem tells the story of an isolated man who spends all his time at Cwmdonkin Park, close to Thomas’s childhood home in Uplands, Swansea. More

The Complete Poems of Dylan Thomas – a new edition is on order. Perhaps most famous for UNDER MILK WOOD and his poems ‘Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night’ and ‘Death Shall have no Dominion’, Dylan Thomas was a hugely colourful and iconic poet, whose work was greatly admired by contemporaries such as Edith Sitwell and Sylvia Plath.

He wrote well over 380 published poems as well as 50 journal-published poems, pastiches, poems from letters and radio plays. This new edition of the author’s poems looks at his body of work in a new light, including material that was previously overlooked or excluded from collections, as well as bringing to bear advances in critical theory. Most importantly it emphasises how accessible and immediate his work was, demonstrating its relevance to a contemporary audience

 

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5 thoughts on “The Hunchback in the Park read by Michael Sheen #NationalPoetryDay

  1. The first time I heard Dylan Thomas I was about thirteen. A writer from Bradford called Jules Denby read ‘Fern Hill’ on the Mark and Lard show on Radio 1 way back in about 1993. I heard the last line – “As I was young and easy in the mercy of his means/time held me green and dying, though I sang in my chains, like the sea.” and was totally blown away. I’ve been reading and writing poetry ever since.

  2. I first heard Dylan Thomas when I was thirteen. Jules Denby read ‘Fern Hill’ on the Mark Radcliffe show on Radio 1, way back in about 1994. Heard the last line – “As I was young and easy in the mercy of his means/time held me green and dying, though I sang in my chains, like the sea.” and was absolutely blown away. I’ve been reading and writing poetry ever since.

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