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Dylan Thomas Birthplace Podcast

The Dylan Thomas Birthplace podcast is a project between the Birthplace, Frequency House Press and Black Bough Poetry. It is presented by Iqbal Malik, poet in residence, and Matthew M. C. Smith, both writers from Swansea, at the famous house in Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea, now owned by Geoff Hayden. Check out our lively episodes on Soundcloud covering everything poetry.

Episode 1

The pilot episode from the new podcast by Frequency House Press, Black Bough Publishing and the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. Recorded live at the Dylan Thomas home at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea. Gwion Iqbal Malik (the Poet in Residence at the Birthplace and the Editor at Frequency House) talks to Matthew M C Smith (the Editor of Black Bough Press) about their new collaboration, poetry, book releases and the arts scene. Released September 2021.

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Episode 3

Episode 3 of the Dylan Thomas Birthplace Podcast - recorded live at the Birthplace at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea on 25/09/21. In this episode, Poet in Residence Gwion Iqbal Malik and co-host Matthew M C Smith discuss Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, RS Thomas, Jim Morrison and symbolism.

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Episode 5

Episode 5 of the Dylan Thomas Birthplace Podcast. A poetry podcast collaboration between Frequency House Press, Black Bough Poetry and the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. Recored live at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea, UK. Hosts Gwion Iqbal Malik and Matthew MC Smith discuss all things poetry. Also featured in this podcast are recorded poems from Brian Beatty, Alan Parry and Angela Graham.

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Episode 7

Episode 7 of the new podcast from the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. Hosted by Poet In Residence and Editor of Frequency House Gwion Iqbal Malik and Co-Host Matthew MC Smith, Editor of Black Bough Poetry. In this episode, Iqbal and Matt talk about the new Poetry Video Prize by Frequency House; multi-media poetry; discuss a poem by Canadian poet Michael Lavers; discuss Iqbal's poem 'Frontier Folk' from his new spoken-word album 'Religion Of Moonlight'; modernist and post-modernist themes; the Sufi tradition; John Fante's book 'Ask The Dust'; Charles Bukowski; and Matt's poem 'Field X'.

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Episode 2

Episode 2 of The Dylan Thomas Birthplace Podcast from Frequency House Press, Black Bough Poetry and the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. Recorded live at the Birthplace (5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea). In this episode, we discuss the challenges of publishing poetry, gatekeepers and our very first special poetry guests - with readings from Briony Collins, Devon Marsh and M.S. Evans. Released September 2021.

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Episode 4

Episode 4 of The Dylan Thomas Birthplace Podcast on the climate emergency. The podcast was recorded on 09/10/21 at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea. In this episode, podcast hosts Gwion Iqbal Malik (Frequency House) and Matthew M.C. Smith (Black Bough Poetry) listen to the poem 'The Sama-sellang' by award winning Filipino-born poet Romalyn Ante. As part of the discussion of poetry in the age of the climate emergency, we also hear poems from Ness Owen, Ankh Spice and Guinevere Clark.

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Episode 6

Episode 6 (The Xmas Special) of the new podcast from the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. Hosted by Poet In Residence at the Birthplace (and Editor of Frequency House Publishing) Gwion Iqbal Malik and Co-Host Matthew MC Smith (Editor of Black Bough Poetry). Featuring work by E.A. Moody, Polly Oliver and Rhona Green.

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