Richard Hughes and Childhood
When Richard Hughes's A High Wind in Jamaica was published in 1929, what made the book such a talking-point on both sides of the Atlantic was its sharp, bleak, decidedly original (and some thought cynical) view of childhood. In this lecture Hughes's biographer introduces what is increasingly recognised as the classic twentieth-century novel of childhood, and explains how it came to be written.
Richard Hughes, Dylan Thomas and Laugharne
Laugharne and Dylan Thomas are now so indissolubly associated in the public mind that few people realise that Thomas only settled in Laugharne because of his admiration for the writer Richard Hughes, who was then living in a somewhat dilapidated house in the Castle grounds. This lecture gives an account of the friendship between the two men - a friendship which was partly responsible for Thomas writing his classic 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood.