R. S. Thomas' Influence on Contemporary Welsh Authors

28 Oct 2013

The life and work of R. S. Thomas has been duly recognised this year during his centenary celebration through numerous events and publications.

A special meeting of the Friends of the Books Council (Saturday, 2 November) will be a valuable addition to this programme by examining another aspect of his career, that of his influence on the work of other authors, especially contemporary Welsh poets.

The meeting will be chaired by Professor M. Wynn Thomas, one of the foremost specialists on the work of R. S. Thomas, and he will be joined by poets Gwyneth Lewis and Peter Finch in what will surely be a most lively discussion.

"R.S.Thomas’s talent has widely celebrated in this, his centennial, year. But is he genuinely respected by today’s writers? Has he anything to say to them? These are the questions I’ll be putting to two of contemporary Wales’s most innovative writers, Peter Finch and Gwyneth Lewis."

The Friends organisation was established to promote and support the work of the Books Council and the annual meeting, when some of Wales’s leading authors discuss their work, has become a recognised highlight of their calendar.

"We are indebted to Professor M. Wynn Thomas, who is the Chair of the Welsh Books Council, but also a meticulous and perceptive interviewer and an expert on the literatures of Wales in both languages," said Tegwyn Jones, Chair of the Friends of the Books Council. "These author events are most memorable and over the years we have enjoyed the company of a host of great writers including Gwyn Thomas, Jan Morris, the late Islwyn Ffowc Elis and R. S. Thomas himself."

The meeting will be held through the medium of English at The National Library, Aberystwyth, on Saturday, 2 November at 2pm.

The event is free of charge but participants are invited to contact the National Library on 01970 632548 or drwm@llgc.org.uk to reserve a ticket.

 

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