This year, young people aged 7-25, from anywhere in the world, are invited to take part in Love the Words, an online competition in celebration of International Dylan Thomas Day. Simply download the opening paragraphs from Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, cut up the words, use them to create your own poem, take a photo of your poem, and share it with the world on Twitter. Use the hashtags #LovetheWords and #DylanDay so everyone can see your poem! And use the same hashtags to find everyone else’s, too.
The competition is open for entries from 9.00am on Wednesday 15 March until midnight on Friday 5 May. Poems may be in either English or in Welsh. A selection of entries will be chosen by Hannah Ellis, Dylan’s grand-daughter,and showcased on this website on International Dylan Thomas Day 2017, Sunday 14 May.
“When my grandfather first performed Under Milk Wood on May 14th 1953 he told the actors to, ‘Love the words, love the words’. That is exactly what I want you to do. Play with them, change their order, make them roll off your tongue, and mould them to jump off the page. Use your imagination too and get your senses working. Taste and touch the fishingboatbobbing sea, smell the silent cobblestreets and look and listen to the snouting, velvet dingles. Cut, create and,most importantly, have fun!” — Hannah Ellis
Download the Under Milk Wood opening paragraphs
Download PDF (English) – Under Milk Wood
Download PDF (Welsh) – Dan y Wenallt
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