The Dylan Thomas Centre welcomes literary experts this weekend
Two literary experts are among the wordsmiths set to light up the literature programme at the Dylan Thomas Centre.
A series of events have been lined up hosted by prominent writers Ken Jones and Lynne Rees.
Firstly the centre launches Ken and Lynne’s new collections on Friday 23 November.
Ken Jones' Bog Cotton is his latest collection from a writer and editor who has played a prominent part in pioneering the Western development of the ancient Japanese prose poetry genre, the haibun.
Lynne Rees' Forgiving The Rain will also be presented at the Dylan Thomas Centre which is a multifaceted memoir of home. These contemporary haibun combine the narrative power of prose with the epiphanies of haiku poetry to question and explore where home is, how we recognise it, how we leave it and how we find our way back.
Then on Saturday 24 November, Ken and Lynne lead a workshop on reading and writing haibun.
Jo Furber, Swansea Council’s Literature Officer at the Dylan Thomas Centre, said: “Haibun always poses a number of questions, is it prose or poetry? Or why not both?
“From its birthplace in Japan, the English language haibun is experiencing a renaissance on both sides of the Atlantic.
“It uniquely balances prose with poetry and lends itself to a variety of styles and forms: journaling, the lyrical essay, memoir, nature and travel writing.
“We'll read some haibun for inspiration and have a go at constructing our own.”
Entry to book launch is free. Tickets to the workshop are £10 or £7 for concessions and are available from 01792 463980 or have a look at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/