Celebrating Dylan Thomas in Swansea, Wales

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  In 2014 Swansea, Wales is celebrating the centenary of the birth of one of the English languages most distinctive voices. The year-long celebration will honour the works and legacy of Dylan Thomas. My father was Welsh, and I have traveled frequently to Wales. I’ve been a fan of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas for years, but until this past summer I haven’t visited any of his haunts. Once several ... Read Full Article

A Day in a Coal Mine: The Big Pit Mine in Blaenafon, Wales

Mining was part of my family’s heritage. Most of the men (and some of the women) were coalminers in the coal-pits of Wales. I grew up listening to my father’s mining stories. But it wasn’t until I visited the Big Pit Mine in Wales that I was able to experience something of what that life was like. Kitted out in a helmet, cap lamp, battery pack and a miner’s belt, I entered the pit-cage and ... Read Full Article