Cinema - Revealing the 'real' Richard Burton
The man behind the public persona - revealing the 'real' Richard Burton
Opinionated and complex, Richard Burton is as fascinating now as he ever was. For the first time, his surviving diaries, offering a fresh and intriguing perspective on an honest and frank Burton, are published by Yale University Press.
The Diaries will be irresistible to anyone wanting to know more about Burton, his romance with Elizabeth Taylor, and the deeply human character beyond one of film’s larger-than-life true icons.
The diaries were presented to Swansea University as part of a collection of her husband's papers by Sally Burton, and have been edited by Chris Williams, Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and Professor of Welsh History.
To mark the launch of the Diaries, RIAH will be celebrating with an evening dedicated to Burton. There will be a unique opportunity to purchase and have your copy of the Diaries signed by editor Chris Williams, hear him read from the diaries and disclose a number of surprises. The reading will be introduced by Professor Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales and followed by an audience Q&A session.
The evening will culminate in a screening of The Taming of The Shrew (1967) featuring Burton and Taylor, a film that features prominently in the Diaries.
5:45 pm-6:30 pm: Waterstones Bookshop, Taliesin: Book signing, The Richard Burton Diaries
6:45 pm-7:30 pm: Reading from the Diaries and Q&A session
7.30 pm: Screening of The Taming of the Shrew
Full price: £10.00/Full-time students, Senior Citizens and Other Concessions: £8.00
RIAH is a hub that maximises the dissemination of world-class research produced by Swansea’s Arts and Humanities scholars and is home to The Richard Burton Centre. This event is kindly supported by the EPSRC-funded Bridging the Gaps collaborative research programme.
Dates and Times:
Wed 28th Nov
5:45pm Book signing, The Richard Burton Diaries at Waterstones, Taliesin
6:45pm: Reading from the Diaries and Q&A session with Chris Williams
7.30pm: Screening of The Taming of the Shrew.
|Full price:||£ 10|
|Other Conc.:||£ 8|