Radio 4's Poetry Workshop from Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre

This Sunday's episode of BBC Radio 4's Poetry Workshop was recorded at Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre, and features a number of local Welsh poets.

The radio series Poetry Workshop explores the pleasures of both writing and reading poems. In each episode poet Ruth Padel leads a workshop with a group of aspiring writers from a different area in the UK, and discusses the poems that they're working on.

This Sunday's episode will feature members from Swansea group Junkbox Poetry, and readers from The Crunch poetry night, which is held at Mozart's in the Uplands area of the city.

Poetry Workshop members Howard Ingham, Becky Lowe, James Angel, Alan Kellermann, presenter Ruth Padel and Tim Evans.

During the programme the group warm up with some writing exercises before developing and refining poems from two members of the group.

The poems, both of which have a sense of loss or longing, are Milking Time by Becky Lowe and Still Life with Wine Glasses by Alan Kellermann.

Poet Kellermann works at the Dylan Thomas Centre as an attendant, and his first poetry collection will be published by Parthian Books in September 2012.

Alan Kellermann. Photo: Nick McDonald

The group also discuss line endings, alliteration and adjectives, and the effectiveness of their use in the two poems. Plus they enjoy and respond to a poem by the inaugural National Poet of Wales Gwyneth Lewis, which evokes the Welsh phenomenon 'hiraeth'.

Jo Furber, the literature officer at the Dylan Thomas Centre, said: "I was delighted when the show's producer got in touch to discuss ideas for the show.

"The Junkbox Poets have used the Dylan Thomas Centre as a venue for workshops in the past, and they regularly attend events both at the Centre, and at Mozart's.

"It's really exciting that some of Swansea's brightest talents will have the chance to showcase their work on this prestigious national programme."

Poetry Workshop can be heard on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 4 March at 4.30pm, and for seven days after transmission on the BBC iPlayer. Browse the episode's programme page for more photos taken during the session and for more information on the poems and writing exercises undertaken by the group.

For more on the Dylan Thomas Centre and its events programme, see


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