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

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ by Heather Jamieson

Asoka WeerasingheƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢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 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Poet in ResidenceƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ 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 WeerasingheƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s chapbook Once Upon a Time . . . I Returned.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  A second launch will take place in his native Sri Lanka on October 13.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  The chapbook is a chapter in a long autobiographical poem on his 12 years in Britain between 1956 and 1968.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Lots of memories,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ he says.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Good and bad, hurtful and happy.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-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.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Dylan Thomas

PLEINS FEUX SUR LES ARTSƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  par Heather Jamieson

Un poƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨te local sera poƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨te en rƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚©sidence au festival Dylan Thomas

La passion omniprƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚©sente dƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢Asoka Weerasinghe pour lƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ƒÆ’-¦ƒ¢¢”š¬…”uvre du poƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨te gallois Dylan Thomas le mƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨nera ƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚  une position de rƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚ªve ƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚  la fin septembre.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Le poƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨te dƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢Ottawa sera poƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨te en rƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚©sidence au Dylan Thomas Birthplace Word and Song Festival.

LƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚©vƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨nement, qui aura lieu du 28 septembre au 4 octobre ƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚  Swansea au pays de Galles, sera aussi lƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢occasion du lancement dƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢un livre populaire dƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢Asoka, Once Upon a Time . . . I Returned.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Un second lancement aura lieu dans son Sri Lanka natal le 13 octobre.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚« Une bon poƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨me contribue ƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚  la rƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚©alitƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚©. Une fois quƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢on y a ajoutƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚© un bon poƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨me, le monde nƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢est jamais le mƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚ªme. Un bon poƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚¨me contribue ƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚  changer la forme de lƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢univers, nous aide ƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚  nous dƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚©couvrir nous-mƒÆ’†’ƒ”š‚ªmes et le monde qui nous entoure. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚»ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Dylan Thomas

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