English poetry -- Welsh authors -- 20th century



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Dannie Abse Manuscripts,

  • GB 0210 MSDABSE
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1983 /

Papers, 1962-1983, of Dannie Abse, comprising autograph and typescript drafts of poems, plays (including a dramatisation of his poem 'Funland', later titled 'Pythagoras'), essays, and television and radio scripts.

Abse, Dannie.

Drawings & notes,

Miscellaneous drawings by Ceri Richards comprising a Christmas card, c. 1930; a series of nine preliminary sketches, [November 1953], in pencil and ink, for the decorations executed by him on four copies of the first edition of Dylan Thomas's Collected Poems (1952) (see note to 544 and 581, below); a signed collage entitled 'Hammerklavier' presented to the artist's daughter, Rachel, Christmas 1953, together with four printed cards announcing his exhibition of lithographs on the 'Hammerklavier' theme, 1959, each with different original decorations by the artist in crayon and ink (see 544, below). Also included are an untitled, numbered lithograph signed by Frances Richards, [1970s], and miscellaneous notes, [?late 1940s], by Ceri Richards, comprising notes for a lecture on art, and transcripts, in English translation, of writings on art by Henri Matisse.

George Ewart Evans papers

  • GB 0210 GEOANS
  • Fonds
  • 1866-1988 (accumulated [1922x1988])

Papers of George Ewart Evans, including manuscripts, typescripts and proofs of poetry, short stories, children's literature, a drama, oral history and autobiographical material, 1932-1986; illustrations, including drawings and photographs, [1932x1985]; journals and pamphlets, 1922-1988; other publications, 1950-1969; notebooks, 1927-1987; oral history, dialect and local history notes, 1941-1988; miscellaneous notes and source materials, [1894x1988]; notes for lectures, [1950]-[1984]; radio, tape transcripts, television and film material, [1947x1988]; correspondence and related material, including official and private letters, 1934-1987; personal items such as certificates, university papers and diaries, 1866-1988; engagement diaries and address books, [1927x1988]; cuttings, reviews and articles by or about George Ewart Evans, 1947-1988; and miscellaneous articles and reference books, 1875, 1906, [1927x1986].

Evans, George Ewart

Idris Davies manuscripts

  • GB 0210 MSIDRDAV
  • Fonds
  • [late 1920s]-1983

Papers, [late 1920s]-1983, of, or relating to, Idris Davies and including drafts of his poetic anthologies Gwalia Deserta (London, 1938), The Angry Summer (London, 1943), and Tonypandy and Other Poems (London, 1945); proofs of Selected Poems (London, 1953); unpublished poems and drafts and fragments of poems, novels, short stories, etc.; lecture notes; diaries for 1938, 1940, 1946, 1948, and 1951; a typescript of his radio talk 'The valleys revisited' (broadcast 1943); and correspondence of or relating to Davies, 1933-1983.

Davies, Idris

Letters and poems,

  • NLW MS 23474C.
  • File
  • 1976-1977

Five letters, 1976-7, from the poet R. S. Thomas to Christopher Carrell, Sunderland, mainly relating to a collection of his poems, The way of it (Sunderland: Ceolfrith Press, 1977); together with typescript copies of the eighteen poems concerned, and a proof copy of the volume.

Thomas, R. S. (Ronald Stuart), 1913-2000


Papers of Raymond Garlick, 1944-2005, comprising poetry, 1951-1999; letters, 1944-2003, from Elwyn Davies, Jonah Jones, Brenda Chamberlain, Cledwyn Hughes, A. G. Prys-Jones and others; and diaries and travel journals, 1950, 1956-1957, 1987-1998, 2000-2001. The diaries contain frequent references to his family, including his children Iestyn and Angharad, and to friends such as John Cowper Powys, Jon Dressel, R. S. Thomas and Roland Mathias.

Notes for his father's 'Elegy'

  • NLW MS 23992E.
  • File
  • 1953

One page of untitled holograph notes by Dylan Thomas, 1953, written whilst composing his last poem, the unfinished 'Elegy' to his father, David John (D.J.) Thomas, who died on 16 December 1952.
The work first appeared in print, as a 'previously unpublished poem', in Encounter, 6/2 (February 1956), and was included by Vernon Watkins as an appendix to the Collected Poems after 1956. For a copy of the poem as completed by Vernon Watkins, see NLW MS 22552E.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

Notes for poetry readings,

Autograph and typescript notes and drafts, 1953-1967, by Vernon Watkins for introductions to readings of his own poetry and that of others.

Vernon Watkins.

Poems sent to Thomas Taig

  • NLW MS 23990D.
  • File
  • 1937-1939

Letter, dated 23 August 1939, from Dylan Thomas to Thomas Taig, enclosing a selection of poems intended 'for some kind of dramatic presentation' (f. 1). The writer encloses holograph fair copies of two of his poems: 'Find meat on bones that soon have none ...' (ff. 2-4) and 'Ears in the turrets hear ...' (ff. 5-6). He also encloses his own transcripts of George Woodcock's poem 'Landore' (f. 7), and Alan Pryce-Jones's 'Voyage' (ff. 8-9), together with three published issues of Keidrych Rhys's periodical Wales, 1937-8 (ff. 10-69), one of which bears Dylan's signature, and notes (f. 69 verso).
Thomas Taig was active in the Swansea Little Theatre, and intended to present poems by Welshmen writing in English at a London theatre at the end of September 1939; see further Dylan Thomas, The Collected Letters, ed. by Paul Ferris (London, 2000), pp. 438 and 452n.

Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953

Talks and lectures,

Autograph and typescript notes and drafts, 1947-1967, for talks and lectures by Vernon Watkins on subjects including the translation of poetry, poetry in English, including his own, and the art of Ceri Richards.

Vernon Watkins.