Welcome to Dylan Day, an international day to celebrate the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which will be held each year on 14 May, the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at 92Y The Poetry Center, New York in 1953.

The first Dylan Day took place on Thursday 14 May 2015 where everyone was invited to join in and have fun with the magic of Dylan’s words through creative writing workshops, literary tours, educational resources and readings in unusual places.

Sand Art created by Marc Treanor on New Quay beach to celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day 2016, commissioned and made with the support of Literature Wales.

‘The Craftsmen’, Baba Brinkman, written in commemoration of the life and work of Dylan Thomas for Dylan Day 2016, commissioned and made with the support of Literature Wales.


Details of the third annual celebration of Wales’ most famous literary son were announced on 13 March 2017, with events all around the UK and beginning to take shape across the globe. Click here for further information.

Cerys Matthews MBE, Welsh singer, songwriter, author and broadcaster said: “Falling on the anniversary of the world premiere of Under Milk Wood, Dylan Day is a great excuse to celebrate not only this fine wordsmith but also the world’s great heritage of plays, poems, essays and literature.”


The International Dylan Thomas Day is coordinated by award-winning poet Mab Jones, a lifelong admirer of Thomas’ work.


How will you celebrate Dylan Day 2017?

Arts Venues!

Why not stage a Dylan Thomas related event on May 14th and take advantage of the #DylanDay marking campaign?

For more information, contact Mab Jones:


We hope you will find your own ways to celebrate Dylan Day; whether you stage your own event or join in with one of the special events taking place on the day. There will be performances, online happenings, walking tours and much, much more. Further information on International Dylan Thomas Day 2017 – to be celebrated on Sunday 14 May – will be announced later in the year.

However you chose to celebrate Dylan Day, don’t forget to tell us about it on social media #DylanDay


For more information on how you can get involved, contact Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266 /

International Dylan Thomas Day is organised by Literature Wales and funded by Welsh Government.

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