May 22, 2015
Dyffryn House and Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan announce that the poet and writer Tony Curtis will be their writer in residence from May 2015.
This is the first such residency at a National Trust property in Wales.
Tony is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales where he introduced Creative Writing and led the subject and the Masters course for many years. He has written and edited over forty books, most recently Alchemy of Water/Alcemi Dwr, a sequence of poems and photographs about the landscape of Wales with the Welsh poet Grahame Davies (Gomer, 2013).
Dyffryn House was the main residence of the Cory family of wealthy coal merchants and mine owners. Staunch Christians, the Corys supported many charitable causes with substantial donations. The fine gardens owe much to Reginald Cory (1871-1934) who worked with the leading Edwardian garden architect Thomas Mawden to source rare plants and trees and to design the gardens which are now recognised as among the finest in the UK.
Reginald Cory was a prominent figure in The Royal Horticultural Society and a significant sponsor of Cambridge University’s Botanical Garden. The National Trust took over the house and gardens in January 2013 and has attracted increasingly large numbers of visitors, over 60,000 annually. A Lottery grant has contributed over 6 million pounds to the re-development of the gardens.
Tony Curtis lives close to Dyffryn and will spend time at the property exploring the history of the place, the Cory family and responding to the changing seasons in the gardens. He will be sharing those responses and poems in due course with visitors to Dyffryn Gardens on Writer’s Walks, in publications and on-line.