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Dylan Day international celebrations

Wales' First Minister, Carwyn Jones, with Dylan Thomas's granddaughter, Hannah Ellis and Cerys Matthews in the White Horse Tavern in New York in 2014

Tomorrow (14 May 2015) is the very first Dylan Day, when people in the UK and across the world will be celebrating the magic of Dylan Thomas’ poetry in many ways.

There will be events inWales and across the world including in New York, Brussels, New Zealand and Italy. People will enjoy a series of walks, talks, exhibitions and readings.


People will be getting involved on social media too. Use the hashtag #DylanDay to get involved. People will be sharing photographs of themselves reading Dylan in unusual places with the hashtag #DylanSelfie on Twitter.

Dylan’s Great Poem

Young people across the world will create an epic 100 line poem as Dylan’s Great Poem returns 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 the poem inspired by the words of Dylan Thomas. The theme is ‘Our Community’.

Under Milk Wood On Demand, 92Y Poetry Center, New York

To mark International Dylan Thomas Day, the performance of Under Milk Wood directed by and starring Michael Sheen, recorded on the stage at the 92Y will be available on demand to listen to on 14 May. Don’t miss this rare chance to hear this unique recording from Dylan’s centenary celebrations in 2014. Dylan himself took part in the first cast performance of his play for voices in New York on 14 May in 1953.

Exhibition in Italy

In Torino, Italy there’s an exhibition of paintings, digital art, fine art photos, installations and poems at Immagine & Poesia Association Centre.

New Zealand

In New Plymouth, New Zealand Dylan Day will be celebrated at Plas Mawr with a talk about Dylan’s life, readings from Under Milk Wood, and then other favourite readings by individuals. There will be tea and bara brith.