Cross-Cultural Communications West presents
The unknown man Simon Hunt
The unknown woman Marilee Childs
The grandmother Deanna McKinstry-Edwards
The grandfather Langston Johnson
The boy Garland Thompson, Jr.
Music by Martin Shears
Directed by John Dotson
THE BOY AND THE LION'S HEAD
a verse drama
by Peter Thabit Jones
The Lion's Head is a formation in stone, a bit larger than a full-grown African male lion.
It is not man-made but shaped by time and the natural forces. ~ PTJ
Monday, May 17, 2010
Peter has been invited back to America in April 2010 for six weeks.
He will be visiting poet at Binghamton University, State University of New York, as the guest of Maria Mazziotti Gillan, who runs The Poetry Center in New Jersey.
He will also give various poetry readings and literary talks, including venues such as the Baruch College in Manhattan, hosted by Professor Sultan Catto of City University of New York, and The North Sea Poetry Scene on Long Island, during his stay.
He will then travel to Monterey, California, for several poetry readings and literary talks, and then reside at Big Sur for the whole month of May as a writer-in-residence, the guest of Carolyn Mary Kleefeld. His recently published verse drama, THE BOY AND THE LION'S HEAD, will be performed publicly for the first time in Monterey, California, directed by dramatist, poet and biographer John Dotson.
The organiser of his New York visit is his American publisher Stanley H. Barkan of Cross-Cultural Communications, New York.
Written by Welsh poet Peter Thabit Jones and Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of Dylan Thomas and herself a poet, in association with the Welsh Assembly Government/Wales International Center, New York.
October, 2008 saw the New York press launch of the DYLAN THOMAS WALKING TOUR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK, including the new podcast facility featuring Welsh actor John Pierce Jones.
Peter and Aeronwy were commissioned by Catrin Brace of the Wales International Center, New York, to write the WALKING TOUR, which appears on their website and major American and British tourism/websites.
Potential tourists to New York are able to download (PDF - 1540Kb) and print it and use as a practical Guide to "follow in Dylan's footsteps".
It contains essential biographical material on Dylan, information on his American tours, information - literary and basic facts - on each place connected with Dylan, and an Addenda: brief notes on other people and places mentioned throughout the Guide, such as Swansea, Laugharne, American novelist Norman Mailer, and John Malcom Brinnin, Dylan's Tours organiser.
The publication coincided with the release of a new film about the life of Dylan Thomas called The Edge of Love , which stars Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller. Catrin Brace, who works for the Welsh Assembly Government in New York said: "Fifty years after his death, there is still a huge interest both in Wales and the USA in Dylan Thomas and his work. Visitors will be able to gain a strong sense of the real man behind "the brassy orator" with "the lovely gift of the gab", as well as giving people a real feel for the Greenwich Village of the 1950s."
Find out more / Download Dylan Thomas Walking Tour PDF
Peter has been invited back to America in April and May 2009. In April he will be the guest of the University of Colorado in Boulder Colorado, for a week of events at a World Conference. In May he will carry out a a series of poetry readings and literary talks in New York, where he will be hosted by Professor Sultan Catto of City University of New York, The Graduate Center, and his American publisher Stanley H. Barkan.
Whilst in New York he will also participate in a new project with Stanley, who is planning to produce a DVD based on the popular Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, New York, written by Peter and Aeronwy Thomas, Dylan's daughter, which was commissioned by Catrin Brace of the Wales International Center, New York in May 2008. Peter will produce a narrative contribution and Swansea singer-songwriter Terry Clarke, a frequent participant at The Seventh Quarry/Cross-Cultural Communications Visiting Poets Events, will sing original songs and compose the incidental music.
Peter has recorded a brief section of the the opening of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood for the South Wales Evening Post newspaper's popular website devoted to Dylan Thomas. Peter was recorded at the historic BBC studios in Swansea, where Dylan Thomas and the Welsh actor Richard Burton both made recordings. Peter was also interviewed by the Post journalist and Web Editor Paul Turner. The recording and the interview can be accessed at : http://www.thisisdylanthomas.co.uk/index.html
Peter returns to Romania in November/December 2009 for a week of events, including the official launch of his verse drama, The Boy and the Lion's Head , poetry readings at various venues, media interviews, and as visiting poet to three colleges. He will be hosted by Dr. Olimpia Iacob, his translator.
Peter has been asked to be a participating poet with IMMAGINE&POESIA, the artistic literary movement founded in Torino, Italy, in 2007, in an ongoing Poetry and Art Project. Lidia Chiarelli, poet and translator, has already translated and published work from his collection The Lizard Catchers and from Poet to Poet # 1 Bridging the Waters: Swansea to Sag Harbor (with New York's Vince Clemente).
“Following in the footsteps…”
FOR: Beginners and those with some experience of writing who wish to explore new avenues
NUMBER ON COURSE: 12
DURATION: 10 weeks
TIMES: Thursday morning, 10.00 a.m. – 12.00
START DATE: 23rd September, 2010
This is the first in a series of courses which will look at different subjects, including poetry, writing for children, and short story writing.
USP: Opportunity to write in the house where Dylan wrote over 2/3rds of his published work and to experience the local areas that inspired his work, including Cwmdonkin Park and the Uplands.
The course will concentrate on participation, and students will be encouraged to develop their own writing and poetry style.
Course Tutor Peter Thabit Jones is a poet and writer with an international reputation who grew up in the St Thomas area of Swansea.
He is an acknowledged expert on the work of Dylan Thomas.
In 2008 he and the late Aeronwy Thomas, Dylan’s daughter, developed the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government in New York. He is the founder and editor of the international poetry magazine The Seventh Quarry.
PETER IS ONE OF THE JUDGES IN AN AMERICAN EISTEDDFOD POETRY COMPETITION
Check out the blog post 'Peter Thabit Jones and John Good to Judge Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition!'
A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
ISSUE OF THE SEVENTH QUARRY:
Welsh poet Terry Hetherington died in August 2007. This Special Issue will be a celebration of Terry and his poetry.
WELSH POET TERRY HETHERINGTON
ISSUE DUE AUTUMN 2008
Peter recently recorded a selection of his poems on the set of A PASSAGE TO INDIA in the Vitalist Theatre, Chicago, America, for e-poets' Book of Voices.
Aeronwy Thomas also recorded a selection of her poems.
The Book of Voices is e-poets' new media library of poetry in spoken word, performance, and text. It's a portal into aural poetry culture gathered from some of the more interesting voices of our day, with readings from the USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe.
Further details forthcoming.
A new bilingual - 200 pages - collection (English/Romanian) WHISPERS OF THE SOUL, featuring the poems of Peter Thabit Jones and New York's Vince Clemente, translated by Dr. Olimpia Iacob has been published, Spring 2008, by EDITURA FUNDATIEI POEZIA IASI, Romania.
Peter was invited to participate in this year's International Poetry Festival in Satu Mare, Romania. The Festival took place from 20th to 25th October, 2008. He read his own poetry, which has been translated into Romanian by Dr. Olimpia Iacob, and gave a talk on Dylan Thomas and cynghanedd to a classroom of college students. His talk on Dylan will be published in POESIS, a leading Romanian literary journal. The popular festival hosted poets from around the world.
Peter has been appointed Guest Editor of the 2009 Long Island Sounds Anthology. An annual publication, it is a bumper collection of poems published by Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, poet, editor and publisher, of The North Sea Poetry Scene Press, Long Island, America.
Peter and singer-songwriter Terry Clarke have been filmed by a crew of The Wales Show, a weekly arts and entertainment television series on HTV, presented by Andrea Benfield, for a forthcoming programme. It highlights the planned American dvd of the Walking Guide of Dylan Thomas's Greenwich Village, New York, which is being produced by Stanley H. Barkan's Cross-Cultural Communications. Peter talks about his upcoming May to June visit to New York, which will see him giving poetry readings and talks, including some at the Wales International Center in the Chrysler Building, and he reads one of his poems in Swansea places connected with Dylan Thomas. Terry performs two of his songs about Dylan Thomas, which are from his next album of songs about the Welsh legend.
Peter's verse drama, THE BOY AND THE LION'S HEAD, is to be published by Citadela Publishing House, Romania. His publisher is Aurel Pop,
who is also a poet and journalist. The bilingual edition (Romanian and English), which has been translated by Dr. Olimpia Iacob, will include a
12 page Commentary on the verse drama by New York poet and critic Vince Clemente. It will be a study text for university students and a commercial text.