International Dylan Thomas Day 2020-03-30T10:00:11+00:00

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 2020 & the Covid 19 pandemic

On May 14th 2020 we celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day, the sixth annual celebration of ‘Dylan Day’, which has now been 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 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 measures that are being put in place. This year it will be extremely unlikely that traditional live events will take place, 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 advice.

The Dylan Day team have already planned a Love the Words poetry competition, and will be launching a fun Dylan Thomas at Home themed photography competition soon.

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 2020 Events

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

Getting Involved

Visit the Dylan Day Facebook & Twitter pages

Download posters & logo

If you are planning an event or would like more information



If you would like us to add your Dylan Day event to this page



Dylan Thomas at Home photography competition 2020

For 2020 we hope you’ll join in the celebration by taking part in our Dylan Thomas At Home photography competition. Take a photograph in your own home or garden, inspired by the words of Dylan Thomas, and get ready to share it on your Twitter or Instagram feed, or on the Dylan Thomas 100 Facebook page.

On Thursday May 14th please share your image along with a quotation from Dylan Thomas using the hashtags #DylanThomasAtHome and #DylanDay

We’ll share our favourites on social media and feature them in a blog on this website. Dylan’s granddaughter Hannah Ellis will chose her favourite image and the winner will receive some goodies. Good luck!

Download a PDF of the competition details.

Love the Words competition 2020

‘Love the Words’ is an annual celebration of the power and magic of words, and is part of International Dylan Thomas Day, which takes place on May 14 each year.

This year, Love the Words is a free poetry competition for everyone who loves words, anywhere in the world.

This year, Dylan Day invites you to send a poem of up to 25 lines on the theme of hope. Poems should be unpublished, as a selection of around 30 poems will be chosen for inclusion in our online winners’ anthology, which will be released on Dylan Day, 14 May, as a free e-book with Infinity Books UK via Amazon. Poems will be judged by Dylan’s grand-daughter Hannah Ellis and poet Mab Jones, in 3 categories: 10 & under; 11-18; and over 18. A winner for each category will also be chosen and will receive a small prize.

Please send your poems to giving your full name, age, country, and name of parent or guardian if under 16, by midnight on 1st May 2020. Good luck.

International Dylan Thomas Prize 2020

One of the highlights of International Dylan Thomas Day is the award ceremony for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize. This year the ceremony takes place in the Great Hall at Swansea University’s Bay Campus on Thursday May 14th.

2019 winner Guy Gunaratne

Launched in 2006, the annual Prize is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers, aimed at encouraging raw creative talent worldwide. It celebrates and nurtures international literary excellence. The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under. Click here to find out more.


The International Dylan Thomas Prize has worked extensively over many years with school, college and university students. The DylanED Programme was established to ensure the development of this aspect of the Prize and to work alongside the talented writers of Swansea and Wales. Click here to find out more.

Finding out more about Dylan Thomas

Dylan Day is a time each year to remember and celebrate Dylan Thomas. You can find out more about his work, life and places in many interesting ways.

You can visit museums and exhibitions and stay in curious dwellings associated with Dylan Thomas. Find out more by going to our Places page.

If you enjoy exploring new areas there are many entertaining self guided tours where you can discover Dylan’s places from the quaint Welsh sea towns that inspired Under Milk Wood to the arty pubs in busy, bustling cities around the world. Find out more by going to our Walking Trails and apps and e-books pages.

If you want to discover, or rediscover the work of Dylan Thomas we encourage you to do so. Find out more by going to our Books and Recordings and Audio and Video pages.

If you are a teacher or educator, we have resources you are welcome to utilise. Find out more by going to our Education page.

Dylan Day Past Events Gallery

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Dylan Day Quotes

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