Gwyn Thomas in the Kingdom of the Chip
7pm 31 October 2013
Light refreshments from 6.30pm
“The worlds of Gwyn Thomas collided at Barry in a mayhem of carnival and character which was the bedrock of his writing and philosophy: Kiss me quick, Doctor Crippen’s just around the next Cosy Corner! To be taught by Gwyn was a contradiction in terms which an Einstein could not unravel, but whose blessing of laughter bends has lit up my whole life.” Dai Smith
To mark Gwyn Thomas’s centenary, join us for an evening celebrating the author’s connection with Barry.
Gwyn Thomas was one of Wales’s most prolific writers, broadcasters and public intellectuals. He once described his work as ‘Chekov with chips’, and his often darkly comic writing remains a vibrant insight into the lives and places of industrial south Wales.
Born in Cymmer, Porth, and educated at Oxford University, Gwyn Thomas moved to Barry in the 1940s and taught Spanish at Barry County Boys’ School for some twenty years. During this time he published over 12 novels and collections of short stories.
Both Dai Smith and Peter Stead were taught by Gwyn Thomas at Barry Boys, and their lively discussion will draw on their memories of him, as well as his writing.
Please see www.gwynthomaslsw.eventbrite.co.uk or call 02920 376971 to register.