In October 2014, the British Academy held three events to mark the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. In recognition of Thomas’s standing as one of the best known radio voices of all time, the Academy collaborated with BBC Radio 3 to commission a series of five essays from seasoned broadcasters and practitioners on the theme of the power of the voice on radio. The essays were recorded in front of an audience at the Academy on 21 October, and were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during November 2014. In anticipation of the occasion, one of the essayists, David Hendy, Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Sussex, posted this piece on the British Academy Blog on 18 October 2014.
• David Hendy
The whole article can be downloaded as a PDF file.