Dylan Thomas’ Début on Air


On the 9th of November 1953, Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died  in New York. Famous for such poems as ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ or ‘And death shall have no dominion’, Dylan is also remembered for his exceptionally fruitful collaboration with the BBC. Between 1943 and 1953, Dylan made approximately 145 appearances on air, reading poetry and prose. The ‘Reminiscences of Childhood’, his first BBC broadcast, was aired on the 15th of February 1943.  

It is said that on that day, John Pudley, a poet who also worked for the BBC at the time, “found Dylan in a somewhat distraught state in a public house in London only an hour or so before he was due to broadcast from Swansea. Pudney most competently took Dylan to Broadcasting House, arranged that the cables be rearranged, and the broadcast, Dylan’s first, went out on time.” (Constantine Fitzgibbon,Life of Dylan…

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