SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS Local poet to be Poet in Residence at Dylan Thomas festival
Posted on November 6th, 2012

 by Heather Jamieson

Asoka Weerasinghe’s life-long passion for the work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas will come full circle in late September when the Ottawa poet serves as “Poet in Residence” at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace Word and Song Festival.

The September 28 to October 4 event in Swansea, Wales will also host the launch of Weerasinghe’s chapbook Once Upon a Time . . . I Returned.  A second launch will take place in his native Sri Lanka on October 13.  The chapbook is a chapter in a long autobiographical poem on his 12 years in Britain between 1956 and 1968.  “Lots of memories,” he says.  “Good and bad, hurtful and happy.”

“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”  Dylan Thomas

PLEINS FEUX SUR LES ARTS   par Heather Jamieson

Un poĮՠլte local sera poĮՠլte en rĮՠթsidence au festival Dylan Thomas

La passion omniprƒÆ’†’©sente d’Asoka Weerasinghe pour l’ƒÆ’-¦”…”uvre du poƒÆ’†’¨te gallois Dylan Thomas le mƒÆ’†’¨nera ƒÆ’†’  une position de rƒÆ’†’ªve ƒÆ’†’  la fin septembre.  Le poƒÆ’†’¨te d’Ottawa sera poƒÆ’†’¨te en rƒÆ’†’©sidence au Dylan Thomas Birthplace Word and Song Festival.

L’ƒÆ’†’©vƒÆ’†’¨nement, qui aura lieu du 28 septembre au 4 octobre ƒÆ’†’  Swansea au pays de Galles, sera aussi l’occasion du lancement d’un livre populaire d’Asoka, Once Upon a Time . . . I Returned.  Un second lancement aura lieu dans son Sri Lanka natal le 13 octobre.

« Une bon poƒÆ’†’¨me contribue ƒÆ’†’  la rƒÆ’†’©alitƒÆ’†’©. Une fois qu’on y a ajoutƒÆ’†’© un bon poƒÆ’†’¨me, le monde n’est jamais le mƒÆ’†’ªme. Un bon poƒÆ’†’¨me contribue ƒÆ’†’  changer la forme de l’univers, nous aide ƒÆ’†’  nous dƒÆ’†’©couvrir nous-mƒÆ’†’ªmes et le monde qui nous entoure. »  Dylan Thomas

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