Dylan Thomas Circle Welcomes Back Alan Jones
By EIFION WILLIAMS
VANCOUVER - This month the Dylan Thomas Circle will welcome back to Vancouver a man who has been much missed on the Vancouver Welsh scene.
A few years ago, Alan Jones and his wife Tina moved to Princeton to run a motel, a business that until now has kept them tied down. Alan has finally found time to come to town on a speaking engagement, while Tina stays to look after the business.
Alan's friends and admirers will have the opportunity once again to hear that sonorous voice giving the familiar superb interpretation of Dylan's works in the Red Dragon at the Cambrian Hall.
Alan will address the Dylan Thomas Circle on February 23 at 7:30 PM. He is exceptionally well versed in Dylan's life and works and will read and analyze some of those works, interspersed with appropriate visuals. Dylan Thomas Circle Vice-President Neville Thomas is optimistic that Alan might also be inveigled into entertaining the audience on the piano.
Everyone is welcome to attend what promises to be a very entertaining evening. A voluntary donation of $5 to cover costs will be greatly appreciated. Further information can be obtained from Neville Thomas at (604) 294-4332.
Dylan Thomas aficionados can look forward later this year to the release of the film Edge of Love, which deals with an incident in Thomas' life while he and his wife Caitlin were living in New Quay, Cardiganshire at the end of the Second World War.
The incident involved the relationship between Dylan, Caitlin and another couple, Vera and William Killick. A supposed love affair between Dylan and Vera Killick is said to have led to William's bizarre attempt on the poet's life with a gun and a hand grenade.
Edge of Love will feature a bevy of popular up-and-coming young stars from the British film and television scene. The part of Dylan Thomas will be played by Matthew Rhys, who is currently appearing in the ABC television series Brothers and Sisters with Sally Field and Calista Flockhart.
Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley will play Caitlin Thomas and Vera Killick, respectively. The part of William Killick will be played by Irish-born actor Cillian Murphy.
The film is directed by John Mayberry from a script by Scottish playwright Sharman Macdonald, who is also Keira Knightley's mother. As expected, the film, which is being shot in West Wales, is already attracting a lot of attention from the British media and its release will undoubtedly add to the world-wide interest in the tempestuous life of the Welsh poet.