THE LEGEND & POET AFTERNOON
Every year the Legend & Poet afternoon is acclaimed as one of the greatest ever, but this year's event drew more accolades than any of its predecessors. For the first time, we had a musical element to the proceedings, through the voice of Di Stanford, who has performed in singing and non-singing roles in DTSA shows in the past. With her were regular favourites Greg Bell and Rob Horlin, our host Paul Delprat and, of course, Helen and Clive Woosnam.
The Legend and Poet readings began at 2.00pm. The food and wine were meant to be served from 1.00pm but the early-birds arrived well before that and were soon tucking in to a typically superb spread, produced by Helen with contributions from Kay, Jane and Jacqueline and extra assistance from Helen R and Rosemary. Clive brought the wine and soft drink and Noel did the serving.
The first instalment of the wonderful selection of food
We had a capacity audience at the cosy venue, and host Paul Delprat made us feel very welcome. He gave the first reading, Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, after Clive had welcomed the audience and Helen, as narrator, had introduced this year's topic, Dylan and Women.
The audience listens as Clive performs
Greg Bell impressed everyone with readings from Dylan's letters to Pamela Hansford Johnson, poems such as The Shot by Ted Hughes, and Dylan's After The Funeral.
Helen and Paul seem to be enjoying Greg's performance
Helen detailed Dylan's dealings with specific women, from his mother, Florence, and his Aunt Annie, to his literary girlfriend, Pamela, his wife, Caitlin, his patron, Margaret, and his American girlfriend, Pearl. She even mentioned Dylan's favourite pop singer, Lena Horne, and to bring her music to life we had Di Stanford to sing Someone to Watch over Me.
Di sings Someone to Watch Over Me - just what Dylan needed
Rob Horlin also moved the audience, especially with Sylvia Plath's poem, Mad Girl's Love Song.
Rob Horlin makes an impact
As usual, Dylan's inimitable voice was heard in several poems recorded on CD: one by his good friend John Betjeman and two by his favourite, Thomas Hardy. Clive also introduced some humour with a second Betjeman poem and one by Ogden Nash. He also read two letters from Dylan - one to Caitlin and one to Pearl. The program ended with Di singing Rosie Probert's poem from Under Milk Wood, set to music, with Clive as Captain Cat.
Helen acting as compere
As an epilogue, we celebrated the centenary of Anzac and the centenary of the famous poem, In Flanders Fields, with Clive reciting it.
THE 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH
The 2015 AGM was preceded by lunch, switched from the Zabou Lounge in 99-on-York to the imposing Red Room. The lunch turned out to a be an AGM of a different kind - Another Great Meal, or more certainly, great value. There was plenty of opportunity for members to catch up on events over the Christmas period, and there was a genuine buzz of contented conversation. We had a large number of apologies - 25 - but still had 45 members in attendance, equalling last year's record.
Kath & David Kelly- the photographer photographed! Dick Evans - a colourful character Howard & Pamela Houliston
Clive went over the events of last year, undoubtedly the busiest in the society's short history, and laid out the program for 2015. The president's report is attached to the end of this article and is quite short; more detailed coverage of last year's events may be found on page 3 of this website, and in the November issue of Down Under Milk Wood. The members thanked Helen for her work as editor of that publication, while Kay and Olwen were applauded for their work as treasurer and secretary respectively. Clive was thanked for his efforts as president, and he and Helen received a special commendation from Virginia Hastings for the organisation and leadership of the centenary tour. The gathering wished Will Christie, former DTSA president and vice-president, every success in his new position at ANU in Canberra, and thanked him for the kind dedication of his new book on Dylan Thomas to our society. The chapter written by Clive in Hannah Ellis's Centenary book on Dylan was also well received.
The office-bearers and general committee members for 2015 were all elected unopposed. They are as follows:
President: Clive Woosnam; Vice-president: Emyr Evans; Secretary: Louis Van Ekert; Treasurer: Kay Hardman; general committee members: Malcolm Brown, Noel Hardman, Rob & Jane Horlin, Jennifer Jenkins, Bill & Jacqui King, Rob Meredith, Annie Schlebaum, Wendy Walker, Helen Woosnam.
The meeting was a pleasurable and efficient start to the new year. There are many interesting events in store, and we look forward to a good response from all our members.
The new committee: standing (L-R) Louis Van Ekert, Robert Meredith, Clive Woosnam,
Malcolm Brown, Noel Hardman, Robert Horlin, Jane Horlin, Emyr Evans: seated (L-R) Jennifer
Jenkins, Helen Woosnam, Kay Hardman, Wendy Walker. Absent from photo: Jacqueline and
Bill King, Annie Schlebaum