Dylan Thomas's ‘Return Journey to Swansea’: A Collaborative Radio Poetic

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Title: Dylan Thomas's ‘Return Journey to Swansea’: A Collaborative Radio Poetic
Authors: Williams, Nerys
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10705
Date: 1-Jan-2019
Online since: 2019-05-29T10:11:51Z
Abstract: This article explores how Dylan Thomas's engagement with radio created an innovative collaborative radio poetic. Thomas contributed many broadcast essays and features to the Third Programme, the Home Service, the Welsh Home Service and the Eastern Service. Scholars have also long been aware of Thomas's important creative relationship with BBC producers such as Douglas Cleverdon (who produced Under Milk Wood). Yet there remains little analysis of his features for radio. Drawing on archival memos from the BBC's Literary Output Committee (held at the BBC's Written Archives in Caversham), this article initially considers the institutional relationship between poets and the BBC during the 1940s. Against this institutional backdrop, it then focuses on a specific 1947 BBC feature that Thomas wrote about post-blitz Swansea: ‘Return Journey to Swansea’. Examining the history and practicalities of the collaboration involved between Thomas and the producer P. H. Burton, the discussion links the feature's social commentary to the audio radio poetic collaboratively created between poet, broadcast institution, producer, and medium.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Journal: Modernist Cultures
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Start page: 88
End page: 107
Keywords: Dylan ThomasAudio radio poeticThomas’s collaborations with radio
DOI: 10.3366/mod.2019.0242
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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