An international day to celebrate the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, held each year on 14th May, the anniversary of the date when Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at 92Y The Poetry Center, New York in 1953.

“International Dylan Thomas Day gives us a chance each year to celebrate Dylan Thomas’s achievements. There is still the enthusiasm for a national day to mark my grandfather’s life and legacy and we want to keep May 14th as a prominent date on the literary calendar.

Dylan Thomas’s writing has travelled through time – it is as relevant today in our troubled times as when it was written sixty-five years ago. It continues to travel across the globe reaching new audiences everyday. His poetry lives on.

We invite you to tell us about how you are going to mark the day and encourage you, wholeheartedly, to get involved and to love the words.” — Hannah Ellis

International Dylan Thomas Day 2021 & the Covid-19 pandemic

On Friday May 14th 2021 we celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day, the seventh annual celebration of ‘Dylan Day’, a day that is now firmly established on the arts calendar. Each year we encourage arts organisations and groups to stage events, as well as encouraging Dylan Thomas fans to celebrate in their own ways, particularly on social media.

This year we are still facing very worrying and challenging times; concern about the health of our family, friends and the wider community, as well as worrying about the economic impact of the conditions we have been living under. It is very unlikely that traditional live events will take place again this year, and with that in mind, we would invite organisations and individuals to think about how they could celebrate Dylan Thomas on-line. We would encourage blogs, vlogs, videos, sound recordings, social media content, and more. Please ensure that any activities are carried out safely and adhere to government Covid guidelines.

The Dylan Day team have planned a Love the Words Poetry Share, and a Dylan Thomas Photo Share, so you can join in wherever you are in world. You can find details further down the page.

We’d love to make International Dylan Thomas Day this year a celebration of the creativity and imagination of the arts sector and of Dylan Thomas fans, and for us all to play a small part in boosting morale in these troubling times.

Please get in touch and let us know how you will be celebrating. You can contact us via email

Thank you for your continued support.

Hannah Ellis

International Dylan Thomas Day 2021 Events

Up to date information about Dylan Day events, self-led activities, and places you can visit on and around May 14th.