Welsh poet in Woolpit brings Dylan Thomas to life for Bury’s Milkmaid Folk Club

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The words of Welsh bard Dylan Thomas will help raise money for Bury St Edmunds’ Milkmaid Folk Arts club.

Swansea-born poet Ian Griffiths will perform his show Singing in my Chains, which is a celebration of Thomas’ poetry and prose, at the Woolpit Institute on May 14 to raise money for Milkmaid, which emphasises the therapeutic value of music and dance.

The date coincides with the second International Dylan Thomas Day, with events taking place simultaneously across the world.

Ian,former chairman of the Suffolk Poetry Society, said: “For me Dylan is one of the towering greats of British Poetry. The themes he addresses are timeless.”

Ian said his interest in Dylan Thomas began when he first heard the recordings of A child’s Christmas in Wales and Quite early one morning made by the BBC. He added: “I was immediately captivated by his melodic voice and his exquisite story telling.”

“My parent bought me the LP versions of them and I played them over and over again.”

Ian’s performance will also feature the Welsh Harp, played by Ceinwen Thomas.

Tickets are priced at £8 and can be bought on the door from 7pm or in advance by calling David or Claire on 01359 240905.