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Monday, May 12, 2014


The Mondays @ Six programme at St Clement’s tonight (May 12) will be a reprise of two pieces for radio by Dylan Thomas. Return Journey and Holiday Memory will be read by Pieter Scholtz, Margaret Logan, Rick Andrew and Fred Felton.

Presented at St Clements a few years back, these two pieces written for radio show the full range of this tempestuous and meticulous artist who once cheerfully claimed that he had beast, angel and madman within him.

Return Journey: In February 1941, Swansea was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in a “three nights’ blitz”. Castle Street was just one of the many streets in Swansea that suffered badly, the rows of shops, including the “Kardomah Café”, were destroyed. Thomas later wrote about this in his radio play Return Journey in which he describes the café as being “razed to the snow”. Return Journey was first broadcast on June 15, 1947, having been written soon after the bombing raids.

Holiday Memory: “August Bank Holiday. A tune on an ice-cream cornet.  A slap of sea and a tickle of sand. A fanfare of sunshades opening. A wince and whinny of bathers dancing into deceptive water. A tuck of dresses. A lark of boys. A silent hullabaloo of balloons.”

Coming up on May 19 will be Charlie Berea & The Survivors, a three piece band consisting of Rick & Gill Andrew and master guitarist Alan Judd. Their programme features a clutch of songs, some composed by the Survivors, some traditional, and some by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Syd Kitchen and Beth Nielson Chapman. The genre could be called folk-rock.

St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road. Mondays at Six run between 18h00 and 19h00. Booking is advised on 031 202 2511. There is no cover charge but there is a donations box to support presenters.