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Sat 7th Mar - Mon 5th May
The Dylan Weekend 1
@ Festival Site, Laugharne
Featuring: John Cooper Clarke, Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage, Murray Lachlan Young, Jackie Kay, John Bramwell, Robin Williamson, Rhodri Miles, Fernhill, Owen Sheers, Expecting Rain, John Bramwell, Sir Peter Blake
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The Dylan Weekend 1: John Cooper Clarke, Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage, Murray Lachlan Young, Jackie Kay, John Bramwell, Robin Williamson, Rhodri Miles, Fernhill, Owen Sheers, Expecting Rain, John Bramwell, Sir Peter Blake
To celebrate Dylan Thomas’s Centenary the team behind the Laugharne Weekend will be presenting three special festival weekends, each one inspired by a different aspect of Dylan’s talent.
The first Dylan Weekend will take place from the 2nd to 5th May 2014, with a celebration of poetry and theatre.
The finest performance poets will rub shoulders with their more literary confreres. There’ll be biographical symposia a go go and – on the theatrical side – a smorgasbord of Dylan related antics, culminating in the National Theatre of Wales putting on their very own reimagining of Under Milk Wood, set all over the township that inspired it.
See www.thedylanweekends.com for further information.
Britain’s best loved and most important performance poet, John Cooper Clarke is as vital now as he was in the '70s. His biting, satirical, political and very funny verse, delivered in a unique rapid-fire performance style, resonated with the punk movement. JCC toured with all the seminal bands; The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello. He began to draw large crowds in his own right. Joy Division were proud to frequently support JCC and New Order later opened for him on their first Australian tour.
Fast forward to 2013, and JCC remains a key orator of British society during this time, and his mark is indelibly seen in today’s pop culture. Aside from his fashion style spawning copy-cats all over the country, his effect on modern music has been huge. His influence needs only to be heard in the satirical and keen social observations of the songs of the Arctic Monkeys. Alex Turner cites JCC as a huge inspiration and this was recently demonstrated by Turner as the band covered JCC’s I Wanna Be Yours on their critically acclaimed fifth studio album AM. In addition, UK rapper and film maker Plan B asked John to appear in his directorial film debut Ill Manors. Their duet Pity The Poor Fellow appears in the movie and on the soundtrack.
'If you think poetry is dull and boring, or posh and erudite - you haven't seen JCC!'
'... funnier than the throwaway gags of almost any stand-up' (The Guardian)
'A cult hero. Up there with Jonathan Richman and Simon Armitage as one of the great poets of our time' (Mark Kermode)
'Single-handedly invented an art form' (Bill Bailey).
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A performer who's famous for her wryly perceptive love poems and parodies. With her bittersweet, humorous verse she has proved that poetry of uncompromising quality can be popular.
Since her highly acclaimed poetry collection Making Cocoa For Kingsley Amis (Faber and Faber, 1986), Wendy Cope has been at the forefront of the British poetry scene.
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The Millennium poet, who has published numerous collections of poetry, produced several novels, and written extensively for television and radio. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry.
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The first poet to get a million pound record deal. A fascinating combination of performance poetry, social commentary and stand up. Imagine Oscar Wilde sharing a drink with Joe Strummer whilst in the background John Peel puts on some choice tunes.
'Never mind the Bellocs, Young has a penchant for exquisitely savage punchlines...and is treating the comedy circuit to some rather witty rhymes. He also has a great voice, Tom Baker-meets-town cryer, making the microphone redundant' (London Evening Standard).
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Jackie Kay published her first volume of poems The Adoption Papers in 1991 and her first novel Trumpet was published in 1998. Her Maw Broon Monologues were short-listed for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and her autobiographical The Red Dust Road featured as Radio 4's Book of the Week. Jackie has also published collections of short stories, works for children and writes widely for stage and screen.
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Robin Williamson, born in Edinburgh, is a multi instrumentalist musician, singer, songwriter and storyteller, who first made his name as a founder member of the 'Incredible String Band'. His style incorporates folk, jazz, renaissance, classical and Eastern influences. As an author he also holds the title of Honorary Chief Bard of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.
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Vibrant, magical and beautiful interpretations of Welsh traditional sensual ballads and dance song. This group has become an important cultural ambassador for Wales and Julie Murphy's lead vocals are an absolute must. Intimate enough with tradition, Fernhill are unafraid to stretch its boundaries, making beautifully lyrical and intense folk music which they have brought to audiences across the world. Julie Murphy's sensational voice is complemented by band members Ceri Rhys Matthews, Tomos Williams and Christine Cooper.
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Owen Sheers is a poet and has been a NYPL Cullman Fellow, Writer-in-Residence for the Wordsworth Trust and Artist-in-Residence for the Welsh Rugby Union.
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John Bramwell is an English singer-songwriter and frontman for the three-piece alternative rock band I Am Kloot. He has also previously issued solo material under the guise of "Johnny Dangerously".
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