After Milk Wood

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01Polly Garter Was My Great Gran2014051620160612 (R4)

Ruth Jones reads her story, which takes its inspiration from Dylan Thomas's greatest work.

In 'After Milk Wood', three acclaimed writers take their inspiration from Dylan Thomas's greatest work, 'Under Milk Wood'. The stories have been commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the great Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas, and were recorded at the Laugharne Festival in Wales.

Today Ruth Jones reads her own story, 'Polly Garter Was my Great Gran' - celebrating a colourful life of love.

The Reader is Ruth Jones - Ruth Jones is an acclaimed comedy actor and writer, known best for the BAFTA Award-winning series Gavin and Stacey which she co-wrote and starred in with James Corden. Jones was judged the Best Female Comedy Newcomer at the 2007 British Comedy Awards, and was also nominated for Best Television Comedy Actress. She received an MBE in 2014.

The producer is Justine Willett.

In 'After Milk Wood', three acclaimed writers take their inspiration from Dylan Thomas's greatest work, 'Under Milk Wood'. The stories have been commssioned to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the great Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas, and were recorded at the Laugharne Festival in Wales.

02Hares In The Old Plantation2014052320160619 (R4)

After Milk Wood: three stories by acclaimed writers which take their inspiration from Dylan Thomas's greatest work, 'Under Milk Wood'. The stories have been commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the great Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas.

Today: Kevin Barry's 'Hares in the Old Plantation' - a teenage boy suffers the torments of unrequited love in rural Ireland.

Writer: Kevin Barry - Barry's debut novel, City of Bohane, won the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; he's winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel award, winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2012, and was shortlisted for the Costa Award.

Irvine Welsh claims he's: 'The most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years', and Roddy Doyle calls him 'Hilarious and unpredictable - and always brilliant'.

The Reader is Kevin Trainor

The producer is Justine Willett.

02Hares In The Old Plantation20140523
02Hares In The Old Plantation2014052320160619 (R4)

By Kevin Barry. A teenage boy suffers the torments of unrequited love in rural Ireland.

After Milk Wood: three stories by acclaimed writers which take their inspiration from Dylan Thomas's greatest work, 'Under Milk Wood'. The stories have been commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the great Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas.

Today: Kevin Barry's 'Hares in the Old Plantation' - a teenage boy suffers the torments of unrequited love in rural Ireland.

Writer: Kevin Barry - Barry's debut novel, City of Bohane, won the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; he's winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel award, winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2012, and was shortlisted for the Costa Award.

Irvine Welsh claims he's: 'The most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years', and Roddy Doyle calls him 'Hilarious and unpredictable - and always brilliant'.

The Reader is Kevin Trainor

The producer is Justine Willett.

02Hares In The Old Plantation20140523

02Hares In The Old Plantation20140523

After Milk Wood: three stories by acclaimed writers which take their inspiration from Dylan Thomas's greatest work, 'Under Milk Wood'. The stories have been commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the great Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas.

Today: Kevin Barry's 'Hares in the Old Plantation' - a teenage boy suffers the torments of unrequited love in rural Ireland.

Writer: Kevin Barry - Barry's debut novel, City of Bohane, won the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; he's winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel award, winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2012, and was shortlisted for the Costa Award.

Irvine Welsh claims he's: 'The most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years', and Roddy Doyle calls him 'Hilarious and unpredictable - and always brilliant'.

The Reader is Kevin Trainor

The producer is Justine Willett.

03London Choral Celestial Jazz2014053020160626 (R4)

From the Laugharne Festival, Bernardine Evaristo reads her story inspired by Dylan Thomas.

03London Choral Celestial Jazz2014053020160626 (R4)

'After Milk Wood': three stories by acclaimed writers which take their inspiration from Dylan Thomas's 'Under Milk Wood'. The stories have been commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the great Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas, and were recorded at the Laugharne Festival in Wales.

Today, from the Laugharne Festival, Bernardine Evaristo reads her own short story in verse set in the high-octane, adrenaline-charged streets of contemporary London, which takes its inspiration from Dylan Thomas's 'Under Milk Wood'.

The Reader is Bernardine Evaristo. Writer and poet Bernardine Evaristo's awards include: the EMMA Best Book Award, Big Red Read, Orange Youth Panel Award, a NESTA and the Arts Council Writer's Award. Her books have been a 'Book of the Year' twelve times in British newspapers and magazines and The Emperor's Babe was a Times 'Book of the Decade'. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006, and she received an MBE in 2009. Her most recent novel is Mr Loveman.

The producer is Justine Willett.

03 LASTLondon Choral Celestial Jazz20140530

'After Milk Wood': three stories by acclaimed writers which take their inspiration from Dylan Thomas's 'Under Milk Wood'. The stories have been commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the great Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas, and were recorded at the Laugharne Festival in Wales.

Today, from the Laugharne Festival, Bernardine Evaristo reads her own short story in verse set in the high-octane, adrenaline-charged streets of contemporary London, which takes its inspiration from Dylan Thomas's 'Under Milk Wood'.

The Reader is Bernardine Evaristo. Writer and poet Bernardine Evaristo's awards include: the EMMA Best Book Award, Big Red Read, Orange Youth Panel Award, a NESTA and the Arts Council Writer's Award. Her books have been a 'Book of the Year' twelve times in British newspapers and magazines and The Emperor's Babe was a Times 'Book of the Decade'. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006, and she received an MBE in 2009. Her most recent novel is Mr Loveman.

The producer is Justine Willett.