The book launch of Peter's drama, The Fire in the Wood, which is based on the life of California's Big Sur sculptor Edmund Kara, will take place on Saturday, March 25th, 2pm, at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Published by Cross-Cultural Communications, New York, and The Seventh Quarry Press, excerpts from the drama will be read by The Seventh Quarry Drama Group. Entry is free.
The book will also be launched in Boston, Massachusetts, in May and in Big Sur, California, in the summer.
Peter has been asked to be a co-judge of the 2017 Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize. The other two judges are American poet John Smelcer and American-Canadian poet Molly Peacock, the past president of the Poetry Society of America.
Some of Peter's personal American photos and some photos - taken by America's Bill Wolak - from Peter's and Aeronwy's Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village book and smartphone app are featured on this new official Dylan Thomas website, which was launched on International Dylan Day, May 14th, 2016:
USA - DISCOVER DYLAN THOMAS
Peter will be a writer-in-residence in Big Sur, California, again this summer. He will reside there from early July to mid-September. He will then go from Big Sur to Boulder, Colorado, for a poetry reading/talk, where he will be a guest of the novelist Paul Levitt.
Peter will be a participant at this year’s Massachusetts Poetry Festival in April.
He will also give readings and talks at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Boston, at the Salem Salon and at Salem State University. His host will be Dr. Kristine Doll.
Peter has been awarded the Ted Slade Award for 2016 from The Poetry Kit, UK.
Jim Bennett of The Poetry Kit said: "I am really happy that once more our award goes to someone who, like the other recipients of the Ted Slade Award, has given so much to promote and sustain audiences for poetry and to create outlets for the work of others. As well as writing fine poetry for adults, his children’s writing is outstanding and helps to develop a love of poetry in his readers. Peter’s output encompasses theatre, media and publishing. He was born in Swansea, and his work in promoting poetry in Wales has brought him to prominence. He regularly flies the flag for poets in schools, festivals and events throughout Wales, and across Europe and the USA. I am pleased to see the Ted Slade Award 2016 awarded to Peter Thabit Jones.
"THE TED SLADE AWARD FOR SERVICE TO POETRY 2016 IS AWARDED TO PETER THABIT JONES @PeterThabitjone
See - the POETRY kit
Some of Peter's poems will be performed at Poets House, New York, on Saturday, 19th December, as part of an international festival co-organised by his New York publisher, Cross-Cultural Communications.
The Seventh Quarry Drama Group will present THE BOY AND THE LION'S HEAD, a drama by Peter, at the National Waterfront Museum. Characters: The Boy, The Grandfather, The Grandmother, The Unknown Man, and The Unknown Woman.
Against the backdrop of Kilvey Hill, Eastside Swansea, a grandfather’s stories about being a soldier during the First World War shadow the imagination of his lonely grandson. Will the boy touch the Lion’s Head and will the sun fall from the sky?
Peter will be the guide for two Dylan Thomas Swansea Walks as part of the National Waterfront Museum's contribution to this year's Dylan Thomas Festival. He will be accompanied by members of The Seventh Quarry Drama Group.
Peter will be a participant at the 61st The Anglo-Catalan Society Conference at the University of Glasgow in November, 2015. SIX CATALAN POETS, published by The Seventh Quarry Press, will be launched at the conference. Peter will be on a panel with Kristine Doll (translator and guest editor of the bilingual publication), August Bover (poet), and Dominic Keown (translator).
A reading of Peter's SALEM'S LOT, a literary/comedy drama, will take place at McGowan House, Carmel, California on June 15th, 2015, organised by American writer John Dotson. The actors, in order of appearance, are: Len Perry, Jeanne McCullock, Nick Hovick, Mary Cunov, Conrad Selvig, Eleanor Wylde Morrice, Langston Johnson, Suzanne Limbird, Laurie Petkus, Ron Genauer, Lisa Maroski, John Dotson, Kevin Hanstick.
Peter will return to Big Sur, California, as a writer-in-residence, for a sixth time in July 2015. He will work on a novel during his residency of several months.
Download the free app of my and Aeronwy Thomas's DYLAN THOMAS WALKING TOUR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK, or buy the tourist pocket-book ($10/5 pounds sterling), which has a rare self-portrait by Dylan; a drawing by Caitlin Thomas of her and Dylan; Dylan drawn by Jose Garcia Villa, a New York poet and friend of Dylan; and extra photos.
Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village mobile app via:
Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, New York App
The Dylan Thomas Trail of Quotations display that Peter put together for the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, to celebrate the 2014 centenary anniversary of the birth of the famous poet, which ran from July 2014 to February 2015, is to be extended until 2017 because it has been so popular with visitors to the Museum.
Peter has been invited to the NEMLA Conference in Toronto, Canada, in April/May 2015. He will be a participant on a Literary Translation panel.