Under Milk Wood with Cerys Matthews

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Cerys Matthews brings Dylan Thomas’s beloved classic to life.

This event will take place at the British Library Entrance Hall. It will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person (physical), or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up.  Viewing links will be sent out shortly before the event.

The online version of this event will be live captioned.

Join Cerys Matthews for an afternoon of conversation and storytelling for all those who are young at heart as we celebrate the publication of a her new illustrated retelling of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, illustrated by Kate Evans.

Cerys’s adaptation revisits Llaregubb, the fictional seaside village of Under Milk Wood and spends 24 hours with Dylan Thomas’s beloved characters - including Captain Cat, Rosie Probert, Organ Morgan, Myfanwy and Nogood Boyo.

Cerys will be in-conversation with her co-host BBC Radio 4’s Add to Playlist, Jeffrey Boakye, and her readings from Under Milk Wood will be accompanied by live music by multi-instrumentalist, composer and clarinettist Arun Ghosh.

Copies of Under Milk Wood, adapted by Cerys Matthews will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Cerys Matthews is a musician, author and broadcaster who hosts and programmes award-winning radio shows across BBC 6, 2 and 4. Her previous releases include children books: Tales from the Deep and Gelert, and folk cook book Where the Wild Cooks Go plus the singalong and Sunday Times best seller; Hook, Line and Singer. Cerys has composed music for Dylan Thomas' A Child’s Christmas and poetry including Fern Hill and Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, which were made into a ballet, and her musical take on A Child’s Christmas in Wales is currently being made into a musical in America. Her uncle, Colin Edwards amassed the most substantive collection of interviews in the 1960s for the Dylan Thomas archive. Cerys Matthews is patron of the Dylan Thomas Society and Ballet Cymru.

Jeffrey Boakye is an author, broadcaster and educator with a particular interest in issues surrounding race, masculinity, education and popular culture. He taught English to 11- to 18-year-olds for 15 years and now provides training for schools, universities and businesses on race, identity, masculinity and education. He is also Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Institute for Education. Jeffrey’s published books are: Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime, Black Listed: Black British Culture Explored, What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions (co-authored), Musical Truth: A Musical Journey Through Modern Black Britain and I Heard What You Said.

Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinettist, composer and music educator whose most recent album is Seclused in Light (2022). Twice awarded Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, his musical style takes a multi-era/multi-genre approach; where numerous strands of jazz join forces with a myriad of musical influences: from jungle to punk, blues to Bollywood…and beyond.

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Name: Under Milk Wood with Cerys Matthews
Where: Entrance Hall
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96 Euston Road
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