A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
An illustrated history and reading
Presented by Dulais Rhys, Ph.D
2014 was the centenary of the birth of celebrated Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, and many commemorative events were held in his native Wales and worldwide. Along with his well-known poems Fern Hill, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and Death Shall Have No Dominion, Thomas also wrote prose about the Welsh way of life, such as his iconic ‘play for voices,’ Under Milk Wood and the charming A Child’s Christmas in Wales.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales is a sentimental and romantic account of an early 20th century Welsh Christmas and consists of a series of scenarios, reminiscences, anecdotes, childhood adventures and family incidents. Its atmospheric Welsh charm and humor is typical of a way of life which, sadly, has all but disappeared.
My presentation includes a powerpoint slideshow of Dylan Thomas’s life and work as well audio examples of the poet’s unique reading voice.
“Praise the Lord! We are a musical nation.” intoned the Rev. Eli Jenkins in Under Milk Wood and as a Wales-born, Welsh-speaking musician currently based in the Bay Area, A Child’s Christmas in Wales always reminds me of aspects of my childhood.
- Dylan Thomas: a brief history
- Dylan Thomas: visits to America
- A Child’s Christmas in Wales – background
- Five minute mandatory, non-optional, compulsory, doors-are-locked Welsh language lesson J
- Reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Presentation duration: c1 hour
Speaker Fee: $250.00 USD
Expenses: a contribution toward travel costs is appreciated.
Thank you for considering my proposal and please contact me for more information.
Dulais Rhys, Ph.D
The named persons below have given their permission to be contacted for a critique of my presentation:
- Merced Branch Library, San Francisco (December 10, 2014): Ms Elizabeth Thacker-Estrada
- Livermore Library, CA (December 14, 2014): Mr Paul Sevilla
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
INTRODUCING YOUR SPEAKER
Wales*-born and Welsh-speaking, I am a professional musician currently based in Billings, Montana.
Dylan Thomas’s father was born in my home town (Caerfyrddin/Carmarthen) which is c10 miles west of the poet’s beloved Talacharn/Laugharne.
My hobbies include reading, movies, golf, cooking … and flying a plane!
* Wales is the country to the west of England and east across the sea from Ireland.
At least a dozen of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Welsh descent, including Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Robert Morris, Francis Lewis and William Williams. (Davies, Edwards, Evans, Hughes, Jenkins, Jones, Owen, Price, Pugh, Roberts, Thomas are also common Welsh last names).
As well as poets such as Dylan Thomas, in the arts, Wales has given the world painters, e.g., Augustus John, Kyffin Williams; singers, e.g., Bryn Terfel, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins; and actors, e.g., Catherine Zeta Jones, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Milland (born Alfred Reginald Jones)
I hope you will enjoy the presentation J
DATGANIAD I’R WASG: Ionawr 2019
Mai 10fed, 2019 fydd noson agoriadol cyfres o berfformiadau Americanaidd o Blodwen Joseph Parry – yr opera Gymraeg gyntaf – yn NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, Billings, Montana, UDA, mewn cyd-gynhrychiad gyda Rimrock Opera Foundation.
Cenir yr opera yn Gymraeg(!) gydag uwchdeitlau Saesneg. Ymysg y Cymry a fydd yn rhan o’r cynhyrchiad fydd y Cyfarwyddwr o Gaerdydd, Osian Rhys ynghyd â’r cantorion rhyngwladol Jeremy Huw Williams o Gaerdydd a Nerys Jones o Seattle.
Dyma fydd y cynhyrchiad llwyfan cyfan cyntaf o Blodwen yn America, gan ddefnyddio fersiwn siambr 2015 Dulais Rhys o’r gerddorfaeth. Am fwy o wybodaeth: http://dulaisrhysmusicservices.com/blodwen.htm
TOCYNNAU: http://www.novabillings.org Mae nifer y seddau’n gyfyng, felly’r cyntaf i’r felin …
PRESS RELEASE: January 2019
May 10th, 2019 will be the opening night of a series of American performances of Joseph Parry’s Blodwen (the first Welsh opera) at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts in Billings, Montana, in a co-production with Rimrock Opera Foundation.
The opera will be sung yn Gymraeg! [in Welsh], with English supertitles. Among the Welsh artists taking part will be the Director from Caerdydd/Cardiff, Osian Rhys and international singers Jeremy Huw Williams of Caerdydd/Cardiff and Nerys Jones of Seattle.
This will be the first complete stage production of Blodwen in America and will use Dulais Rhys’s 2015 chamber version of the orchestration. More information: http://dulaisrhysmusicservices.com/blodwen.htm
TICKETS: http://www.novabillings.org Seating is limited so the early bird …