#Dylan Day#Love The Words: Find Out More About International Dylan Thomas Day

We’re two months away from Dylan Day. A press release has gone out and journalists have marked the date in their diaries, events are being confirmed, (keep checking our Dylan Day page as they are coming in fast and furiously) and the ‘Love the Words’ writing competition for children and young people has been launched. Below I have written a detailed blog attempting to answer a few questions I have been asked. I suspect they may be things others have [...]

Did that really happen?: Why I have begun to re-examine my memories.

I have had a few experiences recently that have completely caught me off guard. The result being that I am now challenging myself and questioning my recall of some very significant memories. On Monday evening, as usual, I was driving my son to football training. I parked the car, switched off the engine and looked back at him through the rear-view mirror. Very unexpectedly, I was intoxicated by an incredibly powerful memory of arriving home when he was a toddler. [...]

Guest Blog: Poetics in the fiction of Dylan Thomas by Ray Greenblatt

  Dylan Thomas  wrote this collection of ten short stories in 1940. The characters from A Child’s Christmas in Wales (1952) are here but more fleshed out: Dan Jenkins (“The Fight”), Jack Williams (“Peaches”), the Protheros (“Old Garbo”). And Thomas’ poetic style is revealed in the prose as well: vivid imagery, alliteration, purposeful run-on lines, many adjectives, humor, strong emotions from joy to sadness. In most of these stories Dylan is his own narrator; we even observe him growing from [...]

Keep Calm and Have a Cwtch: Why, even though I was born in England, I think of myself as Welsh.

You’re at a work colleague’s wedding reception and there are the few odd faces you know, but, in general, they are all strangers. Sitting around the large circular table, and after the awkward introductions, and the polite descriptions about how you know the bride and groom, the person to your left turns to you and asks the inescapable question, “So, tell me about yourself.” My stock interview answer is ready (By the way, I’m notoriously hopeless in job interviews) and [...]

Guest blog: Love the Words (And the Images, too) – International Dylan Thomas Day 2017

I’m the Coordinator of International Dylan Thomas Day. I’m also a poet, a writer, a journalist, a creative writing tutor, a rambler, a grumbler, a drinker of wine, a fan of karaoke, and a baker of various cakes which I invariably end up eating most of myself. These are all things I love doing. It’s Valentine’s Day, so this is my link to that. And Dylan Day, too, is something I love working on: encouraging others to put on events; [...]

The Dylan Thomas ‘brand’: should a cultural icon be exploited to sell Wales?

Who is Dylan Thomas to you?   Is he a rebel? A ‘one-off' that sticks two fingers up to authority and does things his own way.   Is he the doomed poet? The wild-eyed and troubled bard knocking back shot after shot of whisky and intent on self-destruction? It's possible that you may recall him as a deep and rhythmic voice booming from the radio.   Or, when you think about Dylan Thomas, do you think about Wales?   Well, what [...]

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Roald Dahl on Dylan Thomas

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Gareth Bale & Dylan Thomas

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Jack Black plays Dylan Thomas