Dannie Abse return to Cardiff

Dannie Abse Tribute: The Hay Festival Audio Archive

As part of our tribute to Dannie Abse, Wales Arts Review has teamed up with the good folks at the Hay Festival to bring you Dannie’s wonderful contributions to the festival over the years.

You can hear the great Welsh poet celebrate the launch of his New Selected Poems in 2009.

From 2010, Abse sits on a discussion panel alongside Philip Gross, Hamish Fyfe and Sacha Abercorn, extending the conversation about the connections between reading and writing and well-being.

Also from 2010, Dannie Abse talks to Gwyneth Lewis about his latest collection of poetry Running Late and his memoir The Presence. Dannie talks about his wife, Joan, and how, after her tragic and sudden death in June 2005, he began to write a diary which is both a record of present grief, and a portrait of a marriage which lasted more than fifty years.

And finally, and most recently, from 2012, you can hear Dannie in conversation with Dai Smith about his extraordinary autobiography.

 original illustration by Dean Lewis

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On September 28th the world said goodbye to one of Wales’ most loved literary sons, Dannie Abse. In a special series of reflections and appreciations, Wales Arts Review pays tribute to the great and much loved poet and novelist, beginning here, with the words of those who knew him both personally and through his work.