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#DylanDay 2018 in Kolkata, India

Event Report
Rhythm Divine Poets celebrated the International Dylan Thomas Day, or Dylan Day as it is commonly referred to, in India for the first time this year. The event, which took place in the historical city of Kolkata, was held in the beautiful apartment of Professor Tathagata Sen of Bhawanipur Education Society College. It consisted of an academic discussion on Modernity and the poetry of Dylan Thomas by noted academicians, and a Dylan-inspired poetry reading session.
At the onset of the academic discussion, Dr. Shubhadeep Paul spoke on “Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan: Transtextual Interlacings & Creative Mistranslations”, thus looking at Dylan the poet AND Dylan, the man from the same vantage point. Dr. Sudeshna Chakravorti spoke about the Difference in Dylan Thomas’s Approach to Life and Art as opposed to the other modernists like Eliot, stressing on the importance of an ‘opposing’ or a different voice in societal or literary spaces. Prof. Aparna singh chose to speak on the Critical Reception of the works of Dylan Thomas, speaking of the critics who praised him, as well as the ones who wrote him off. This entire session of academic discussions was moderated by Ms. Sufia Khatoon.
A beautiful poetry reading session followed the formal talk. All the poems recited were influenced by the life and works of Dylan Thomas in some way or the other. For instance, Nikita Parik (Poet, and Chief Coordinator for this event in particular) created a repartee of ‘A Refusal to Mourn the Death’ by fusing the death of the little girl in London with that of children in Kashmir. Sufia Khatoon read a poem on existences and the cycle of life and death, themes that are recurrent in the poetry of Dylan Thomas. The beautiful evening came to an end with the official release of Green is the Colour of Memory, a poetry anthology by Huzaifa Pandit, winner of the international Poetry Chapbook competition organised by Rhythm Divine Poets.
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Rhythm Divine Poets is a poets’ group founded by three poets- Sufia Khatoon, Dr. Amit Shankar Saha and Anindita Bose.The poets of this group, from all over India as well as abroad, primarily share poems on a daily basis over Facebook and whatsapp groups, as well as curate literary events and festivals with the intention to serve poetry as a form of art as well as to use poetry for aesthetic, therapeutic and philanthropic purposes. They have organized poetry festivals and poetic gatherings at schools, colleges, universities, cafes, restaurants, NGOs, philanthropic groups, Embassies (American embassy, Russian Embassy, French Embassy,) Kolkata International Book Fair, Kolkata International Music Festival, and so on, with the aim of associating with all sectors of the society to make poetry reachable and loved.

– Nikita April

[Youth Coordinator- Rhythm Divine Poets]

Indian Poster

#DylanDay, Dylan Thomas, Immagine & Poesia, Lidia Chiarelli

#DylanDay 2017 – Torino Italy – DYLAN&DYLAN

 Dylan&Dylan, digital collage by Lidia Chiarelli (from original photos by Nora Summers and Alberto Cabello, painting by G. Actis)

Conference at Binaria Book, via Setrière 34 Torino – May 12, 6 pm

 

SORRY

 

You should be sorry, Bob D.

You poached the name from my dad

 

Memphis not-near-the-sea

Cannot catch sea-son of wave

 

My dad was Dylan Thomas

That’s what I say, honest

 

Not that I want to brag

Bob Dylan doesn’t quite have

 

The sea shell sound of the grave

It’s all over now, baby blue

 

Sorry Bob

 

AERONWY THOMAS

(first published in “Rooks and Poems” –  Poetry Monthly Press, Nottingham 2004)

Courtesy of Trefor and Hannah Ellis

MI DISPIACE

 

Dovresti scusarti Bob D.

Hai scippato il nome di mio padre

 

Memphis non-vicino-al-mare

Non  può prendere il figlio dell’onda del mare

Mio padre era Dylan Thomas

Ecco quello che dico, con franchezza

 

Non che voglia vantarmi

Bob Dylan proprio non ha

 

Il suono di  conchiglia marina della tomba

E’ tutto finito ora, baby blue

 

Mi dispiace Bob.

 

Traduzione di Lidia Chiarelli

 

Dylan Thomas, Immagine & Poesia

#DylanDay celebrated in TORINO, ITALY

DYLAN & DYLAN poster

Dylan&Dylan, digital collage by Lidia Chiarelli (from original photos by Nora Summers and Alberto Cabello, painting by G. Actis)

Intervengono:

Paolo Bertinetti, Anglista Professore Emerito dell’Università di Torino

Roberto Briscese, Cantautore

Massimo Trombi, Libraio Binaria Book

Lidia Chiarelli, Presidente Associazione Immagine & Poesia

Anna Maria Bracale Ceruti, Presidente Associazione Il Luogo delle Arti

 

Moderatore: Darwin Pastorin, Giornalista

 

Da un’idea di Darwin Pastorin: un incontro per mettere in luce quanto il poeta gallese Dylan Thomas e il cantautore americano Bob Dylan hanno in comune.

Nel 1959 Robert Zimmerman iniziò a presentarsi  come “Bob Dylan” durante l’esecuzione di un concerto di musica folk . Come in seguito rivelato nella sua autobiografia, l’influenza di Dylan Thomas andò ben oltre la scelta del nome d’arte arrivando a plasmare lo stile e i contenuti delle canzoni che Bob Dylan ha scelto di scrivere.

 

BINARIA BOOK, via Sestrière 34 Torino

Venerdì 12 maggio 2017 ore 18, ingresso libero

 

Dylan Thomas

HIS SIDE OF THE TRUTH (Llewelyn’s imagined response to his father) by FIONA GREEN, UK

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(Llewelyn  walking in a misty meadow near Dawlish – watercolour by Fiona Green)

This poem should be read alongside Dylan Thomas poem “This Side of the Truth” – for Llewelyn.

http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/dylan-thomas/this-side-of-the-truth/

HIS SIDE OF THE TRUTH : Llewelyn’s imagined response to his father

Llewelyn saw your side of the truth, and rejected it
In the blinding country of his middle age.
He saw what was undone
Under the unminding skies
King of his heart in the blind days.

King of his sixty one years,by the grinding Dawlish sea
He blew away like breath;
Went crying through you and me
And the souls of all men :
A hard death.

And all your deeds and words,Dylan
Were cast, before he moved
Each truth, each lie
Was judged …. and died ….
In his unjudging love.

Fiona Green

http://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2012/07/17/fionas-fantastic-life/

Llewelyn Thomas & Fiona Green  lived together for his
last six years
Dylan Thomas, Gianpiero Actis, Immagine & Poesia, Lidia Chiarelli

Dylan Thomas Celebration in Torino, Italy : Portraits Exhibition at Biblioteca Alberto Geisser, March 25, 2015

 

Light your Fire
“Dylan, light your fire” mix-media by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy (from an original photo by Nora Summers – courtesy of Jeff Town)

 

 

"Dylan Thomas in blue" digital print by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy
“Dylan Thomas in Blue” digital print by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy (from an original photo taken in Battersea in 1936, courtesy of Jeff  Town)

 

 

 

 

Dt portrait
“Portrait of Dylan Thomas” by Gianpiero Actis, Italy

 

 

… and a special remembrance of Aeronwy Thomas, Dylan’s daughter

 

"Aeronwy Thomas" by Liliana Cecchin, Italy
“Aeronwy Thomas” by Liliana Cecchin, Italy

 

_Aeronwy-Binello.rid.
“Portrait of Aeronwy Thomas” by Davide Binello, Italy