Thursday, 25 August 2016

Dylan Thomas & Ancient Egypt

Wednesday 21st September 2016 
(this lecture will take place in Café West, Fulton House) 

Dulcie Engel Independent Researcher and Egypt Centre Volunteer

Title: Dylan Thomas and Ancient Egypt

Abstract: Dylan Thomas’s interest in Ancient Egypt is little known. He grew up in a period of great fascination with all things ancient Egyptian following Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. This is reflected in the fact that the first poem in his notebooks, dated April 1930, has an Egyptian theme, while Egyptian symbolism crops up throughout his early short stories, and plays a crucial role in such poems as ‘My world is pyramid’, ‘Should lanterns shine’ and ‘Altarwise by owl-light’. I
n this talk, Dr Dulcie Engel, an Egypt Centre volunteer and confirmed Dylan Thomas fan, discusses the significance of Ancient Egypt to Swansea’s most famous son using examples from the Egypt Centre’s collection. 

Friends of the Egypt Centre

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