Roberts to read ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’


25-year Winona Arts Center holiday tradition

Hywel Taff Roberts will read Dylan Thomas’ classic “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” on Saturday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. at the Winona Art Center.

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” features recollections of a Welsh Christmas in the 1940s in a small seaside town on the rugged coast of West Wales. It is filled with “sheepish uncles and singing aunts, snow by the sky-full, and polar cats, sleek and long as jaguars.”

Roberts has been reading the story every year since 1975, wherever he has resided at Christmas. The first year was aboard the Brigantine schooner the Black Pearl in the harbor in Newport, Rhode Island. Roberts has also read in libraries, an old barn, a tavern, the pulpit of a Congregational Church, and for the past 25 years, at the Winona Art Center.

“I never get tired of reading this magical story about the people in a small town in Wales. It reminds me so much of my own Christmases where I was raised in Arthog, in the northern part of Wales,” Roberts said nostalgically. The story is intended for all listeners, not only young ones.

This event is free to the public.


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