Peter Stead: Chairman, Dylan Thomas Prize

Peter Stead is a writer, broadcaster and cultural historian. He has previously lectured in History at the University of Wales, Swansea. He has lived in the United States and has been a Visiting Fulbright Fellow both at Wellesley College, Mass. and at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

He writes on the history of cinema, sports and theatre and amongst his publications are studies of the writer Dennis Potter and the actor Richard Burton. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC on cultural and political matters, was a member of the government panel that chose Liverpool as the European Capital of Culture 2008 and is Chairman of the Dylan Thomas Literary Prize. His great interests are theater, opera, cinema, sports and (having visited over 90 countries) travel.

In an interview, Professor Peter Stead spoke about how the Dylan Thomas Prize started, the award’s aims and objectives and its plans for the future.

One Response to “Peter Stead: Chairman, Dylan Thomas Prize”
  1. Andrew McLauchlin says:

    Peter’s comments on Politics UK (World Service 13 July 08) were a clear and timely exposition of the root causes of the current problems of youth in today’s society. Peter’s suggestion of keeping schools open and available, with their wealth of facilities, at least until late evening, would be an immense step forward. Simple and at relatively low cost, it would be welcomed by most young people and would draw them, in a positive and productive way, away from those destructive cultures that Peter identifies. By attracting parents and other adults it would help to reconnect them with young people in an entirely natural way. Many adults would doubtless welcome the opportunity to offer their services voluntarily in many different ways augmenting the ‘reconnection’ process and keeping costs down! This is something that should be brought to the attention of Children Schools and Parents Secretary Ed Balls as a matter of urgency. It would dovetale naturally into his Children’s Plan.

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