Discover Dylan Thomas blog2022-05-23T12:03:30+01:00

Meeting the Queen: A Reminiscence from the Llangollen Eisteddfod 1953

In light of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, we thought we’d share a recollection by Dylan Thomas’s daughter Aeronwy, of her family’s encounter with the Queen at the Llangollen Eisteddfod in 1953. Dylan Thomas had been commissioned by the BBC to write a radio broadcast about the International Eisteddfod, and he was accompanied on his trip to Llangollen by his wife Caitlin, and daughter Aeronwy. Aeronwy later recalled the occasion in her memoir My Father’s Places. Dad [...]

Guest Blog: Under The Raging Moon (One Night with Dylan Thomas in Greenwich Village) by Peter Thabit Jones

We are delighted to welcome a guest blog from poet Peter Thabit Jones talking about his new book, Under The Raging Moon (One Night with Dylan Thomas in Greenwich Village, New York) W. B. Yeats, of course, said “the poet never speaks directly as to someone at the breakfast table, there is always a phantasmagoria”. I have aimed for the man at the breakfast table, or in Dylan’s case at tables in four Greenwich Village bars, where he does [...]

International Dylan Thomas Day photography competition 2022 winners & highlights

We'd like thank everyone for taking part in the photography competition for International Dylan Thomas Day 2022. We've really enjoyed looking through the wonderful and creative entries, and seeing how the contributors drew inspiration from Dylan Thomas. This year we've chosen three winners, with our three judges each selecting their own favourite. The judges are Dylan's granddaughter Hannah Ellis, Dylan's great-grandson Charlie, and Andrew Dally who looks after social media and the website for Discover Dylan Thomas. Hannah's choice [...]

Did you know? Dylan Thomas trivia

Next month, on Saturday May 14th, we celebrate the 8th annual International Dylan Thomas Day. A day to celebrate the life, work and legacy of Dylan Thomas, held on the anniversary of the first ever cast performance of Under Milk Wood, which took place at the 92Y Poetry Center in New York in 1953. We thought it would be interesting to share some lesser known trivia about the great poet with you. "Fame, I'm gonna live forever!" This well-known [...]

The Essential Guide to Dylan Thomas’s Places 2022

International Dylan Thomas Day on May 14th would be a great time to visit a location associated with Wales' best known writer, so we've come up with the essential guide to the places associated with the great poet. Dylan Thomas is famous for his connections to Swansea and Laugharne, but as you will see there are locations further afield that played an important part in his life and work. Some locations may not have fully re-opened following Covid restrictions, [...]

Guest Blog: Dylan’s Sketch of Llareggub by David N Thomas

Dylan's Sketch of Llareggub © Dylan Thomas Estate and the National Library of Wales. The sketch can be viewed interactively online at the National Library at https://www.library.wales/discover/digital-gallery/manuscripts/modern-period/dylan-thomas-and-the-map-of-llareggub#?c=&m=&s=&cv=&xywh=-126%2C-9%2C5675%2C4819 Some twenty years ago, the Dylan scholar, James Davies, wrote that “Thomas’s drawing of Llareggub is...based on New Quay.” There’s been very little dissent, if any, from this view. [1] Dylan had lived there, in Majoda, for nine months in 1944-1945 but his first known visits to New Quay had been in [...]

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