Gwalia Gazette – World Book Night 2019
Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood was selected by the WBN 2019 coordinator Linda Parr with 47 contributors reading Under Milk Wood and then selecting their ten favourite words. Artists, translators and writers sent their chosen words from Canada, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and USA.
My favourite words were – in English and Welsh
Biscuit / bisged
Kippers / penwaig
Nuzzle / Trwyno
Sill / Sil
Tea caddy / Cadi te
Tea gowns / Gynau the
Treacle / Triog
Trousers / Trowsus
Wet nosed / Tlawd gwlyb
Whale juice / Morfil sudd
The core group of WBN United Artists visited Carmarthen and Laugharne in March 2019 and after a trip to Dylan Thomas’s former home, the words were jumbled up to use as the basis for elements of a local small newspaper, the Gwalia Gazette, featuring local news, classified ads, a poets’ corner, advertisements for local shops and services, racing results and lonely hearts.
Link here to a PDF version of the Gwalia Gazette ~
Gwalia Gazette Video ~
For World Book Night, a video was made featuring photographs from Carmarthen and Laugharne, a specially produced map by Linda Parr, and the making of the Gwalia Gazette with visual responses to some of the words by Guy Begbie, Jeremy Dixon, Gen Harrison, Zelda Velika.
Contributors to the project: Vick Bain, Guy Begbie, Kate Bernstein, Csilla Biro, Julie Blankenship, Sarah Bodman, Nancy Campbell, Chrystal Cherniwchan, Andrew Dally, Jeremy Dixon, Sara Elgerot, Su Fahy, Jil Fairclough, Stephen Fowler, Jan Fyfe, Hazel Grainger, Gen Harrison, Hazel Ingrey, Rosemary Ingrey, Eva C Johansson, Elaine Knight, Mary Kritz, Pauline Lamont‐Fisher, Jill Lauriston, Daniel Lehan, Tamar MacLellan, Barbara A Morton, Linda Parr, Sumi Perera, Karen Pierce, Bernd W Plake, Catherine Polley, Martin Polley, Alison Raybould, Andrea Robinson, Lynne Shaw, Gwen Simpson, Noriko Suzuki Bosco, Elisabeth Tonnard, Eran Tzelgov, Zelda Velika, Cathey Webb, Corinne Welch, Ulla West, Maria White, Roy Willingham, and Philippa Wood.
Copies of the Gazette are held in the following collections and libraries ~
Archivo Libri d”Artista, Milan
Bavarian State Library
The Saint Petersburg Literary Museum
Caulfield Library, Monash University, Melbourne
The British Library, London
Cyprus University of Technology
KKV Grafik Artist’s Book Arkiv, Sweden
NabilaFluxus Archive Museum, Treviso
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
Tate Britain, London
Yale Centre for British Art, USA