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9 places to explore on International Dylan Thomas Day

For the second year running we will be celebrating International Dylan Thomas Day during a global pandemic. On May 14th last year most of Britain and Ireland was in lockdown and many of us could only venture out in our local area, but this year we hope that travel within Britain and Ireland may again be possible, and you might like to consider celebrating 'Dylan Day' by visiting somewhere connected with Dylan Thomas. We don't know whether indoor attractions [...]

The Dylan Thomas Photo Share: For International Dylan Thomas Day 2021

International Dylan Thomas Day 2020 was thrown into chaos, when, a few months before May 14th, much of the world had locked down.  Doors were bolted, events were cancelled and we all had to come together to find ways to work, socialise and celebrate in a new online environment. We had always had a writing competition as part of International Dylan Thomas Day, but, last year, we felt that more was needed and introduced the Dylan Thomas at Home [...]

From Dylan’s Great Poem to Love the Words: a message from the organisers

by Mab Jones For the sixth year running, we’re delighted to again be offering a poetry writing competition to celebrate International Dylan Thomas day. This element of the celebration began with the Day when it was coordinated by Literature Wales, and by myself, in its second and third year. In the beginning, it was a comp called Dylan's Great Poem. Image: Literature Wales When the Day finished its three-year allocation of funding from Welsh Government, it naturally [...]

Oh Make Me A Mask : Dylan Thomas in 2020

A look back at the news and developments of 2020 in the world of Dylan Thomas and his legacy. Courtesy of © Benjamin Harvey January 2020 The long-list for the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize was announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival in India. The list was described as “a rich, international collection of young, experimental writers who are offering platforms for under-represented voices and exploring pressing social and world themes across identity, culture and power.” Digital journal Modernism/Modernity published Beginning Further Back: Dylan Thomas’s [...]

Guest Blog – Under Milk Wood: A Play for Ears

Under Milk Wood: A Play for Ears Some reflections on T. Rowland Hughes, Philip Burton and Dylan Thomas David N. Thomas     First published in New Welsh Review, May 2020 Wherever I’ve lived, in town or country, I’ve always enjoyed standing at my front window watching my local world go by, and often it’s proved quite useful. I’ve called an ambulance or two, rescued a postman who’d fallen down a coal hole and helped a few drunken neighbours to get [...]

Under Milk Wood imagined by Gerhard Schneider

The Germany based artist, Gerhard Schneider, has kindly given me permission to share some of his pictures based on my grandfather’s play for voices, Under Milk Wood. In August 2017, Gerhard wrote to me to express how much he enjoyed the stories and poems of Dylan Thomas. His favourite was Under Milk Wood that he discovered after reading the German translation by Eric Fried. He described listening to the BBC recording of Under Milk Wood featuring Richard Burton, as [...]

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