Verses from Dylan Thomas’s previously unseen fifth notebook revealed

The Wheatsheaf. The second home of Maclaren-Ross and the current home of The Sohemians

The Wheatsheaf pub in Rathbone Place will be the venue this weekend for the launch of a book containing previously unpublished verses by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Literature professor John Goodby’s new critical and scholarly guide contains the very first appearance of material from Dylan Thomas’s fifth notebook, discovered in 2014, and consists of whole verses …

A poem to Dylan Thomas among readings at Covent Garden literary haunt

Watercolour painting.

Artist Fiona Green, a former long-time resident of Tottenham Street in Fitzrovia, will be reading from her book of poems at a literary event in Covent Garden this Wednesday 1 July. The Poetry Cafe is a regular haunt on London's literary trail and features many reading events. "As the theme of the evening is Soho, I have …

Music, poetry and dance for World Mental Health Day

Part of a poster with image of Dylan Thomas.

Music, dance and poetry to mark World Mental Health Day and inspired by Dylan Thomas will be performed this Friday afternoon in Fitzrovia, organised by a charity working with people with mental illness. Upbeat Music was established in 2006 by mental health service users in direct response to the needs of their community. The charity is based in …

The creative spirit of Dylan Thomas is alive in Fitzrovia

Man holding oil painting.

By Nikki Shaill Since joining the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival team just three weeks ago, I’ve delighted in discovering the creative community and lively neighbourhood that lies between the busy streets of Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street. This week I had the pleasure of meeting members of collective Art Fitzrovia, discussing Dylan Thomas with them …

Stand up for pints, poems and prose at the King & Queen

A new literature performance night called In Yer Ear begins next week in one of Fitzrovia's best-known pubs. Expect to hear a series of literary stand-ups with each performer giving anything from a couple of minutes to a 15 minute monologue -- contemporary poetry, prose, travelogue, criticism, and giving somebody a piece of their mind.  In Yer …

When police spied daily on radical poets and song writers in ale houses

By Jess Owens From the time it was built in the mid 1790’s, Fitzrovia was a centre for London Radicals. Its position, just across the border from Westminster, and a part of the Middlesex constituency, meant it became a haven for some of London's democrats. Thomas Spence, the Land Reformer, and a principal theoretician of …