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Dylan Day

It’s just a week to go until the very first Dylan Day, a new international day to celebrate the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Every year on 14 May, one of Wales’ most famous literacy figures will be celebrated, on the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at The Poetry Centre in New York in 1953.

Everyone is invited to join in and have fun with the magic and wonder of Dylan’s words through creative writing workshops, literary tours, educational resources and readings in unusual places.

Cerys Matthews MBE, Welsh singer, songwriter, author and broadcaster says:

“I've enjoyed celebrating Burns Night over the years and often wanted to celebrate Dylan Thomas in the same way - at last there is a date in the diary for Dylan Day. Why not raise a glass to this little great man every year on 14 May and enjoy the chance to savour the brilliance of his work by reading out excerpts and throwing a party, wherever you are!”

Celebrations include performances, online events, book launches, walking tours of New Quay, Oxford and Fitzrovia, London and Dylan Thomas' Writing Shed will be visiting schools in London.

Visiting a place associated with Dylan Thomas can be a very special experience. Discover Swansea or Laugharne and places outside Wales include Oxford, Cornwall, London and New York. Visit a building connected to Dylan or take a Dylan Thomas inspired walk and follow in his footsteps.

This year's Dylan Day will mark the launch of A Dylan Odyssey, a beautiful, fully illustrated book based on Literature Wales' 2014 Dylan Thomas-inspired literary tours.

Perhaps it's a day to find out more about Dylan Thomas by visiting your local library or bookshop, or exploring one of the many excellent online resources.

You might be inspired to write your own words; Dylan’s Great Poem will return especially for Dylan Day. This online event invites young people aged 7-25 years to help Young People’s Laureate Wales, Martin Daws, and Bardd Plant Cymru, Aneirin Karadog, to create an epic 100 line poem inspired by the words of Dylan Thomas. Schools can explore a host of online educational resources to help prepare for the day.