Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gwynne Edwards

If you are into Spanish culture - particularly film and theatre - then do investigate the works of Gwynne Edwards. He has written several fine books on the subject including: Indecent Exposures: Buñuel, Saura, Erice, Almodóvar (1994); A Companion to Luis Buñuel (2005); and Lorca, Buñuel, Dali: Forbidden Pleasures and Connected Lives (2009).

Originally from south Wales, Edwards was educated at Porth County Grammar School and University College, Cardiff. He has lectured on Spanish at the Universities of Liverpool and Aberystwyth. As well as pursuing an academic career Edwards has won acclaim as a translator and adaptor of Spanish plays - many of which were originally written by García Lorca.

Edwards himself has penned several award-winning dramas. These have usually focussed on the lives of Welsh cultural icons, such as: Dylan Thomas, Richard Burton, Rachel Roberts and Gwyn Thomas. He has also written a libretto for the opera Do Not Go Gentle which was based on the last days of Dylan Thomas. He now lives in Aberystwyth.