Dylan Thomas Fans Celebrate ‘A Dream of Winter’

Eight verses hidden in plain sight.

Celyn Jones, who starred as the poet Dylan Thomas in the 2014 film Set Fire to the Stars, is scheduled for an encore performance tonight in London. One he never expected.

A recently rediscovered Thomas poem (“A Dream of Winter”) will be read by Jones at a private event where a portrait of the late artist by Dan Llywelyn Hall will also be unveiled. From a recent BBC report:

The poem was published [in 1942] in the British periodical Lilliput, which went out of print just before World War II.

The magazine’s archive was later acquired by the late porn baron Paul Raymond, who had no idea about the Thomas poem. The poem was discovered when, last year, Swansea University Professor John Goodby was contacted by a teacher at his old school.

Allan Wilcox had found the poem on a ripped magazine page amongst the pages of a book on Dylan belonging to the professor’s recently deceased English teacher.

Jones told the BBC the poem, featuring eight verses of three lines each, is the “literary equivalent of a lost Beatles track.” The poem was also hiding in plain sight in the 1966 book The Doctor and The Devils, and Other Scripts.

Goodby, the professor mentioned above, will also be giving a talk about the poem next week at the Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea.

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