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.


Cerys Matthews MBE, Welsh singer, songwriter, author and broadcaster said: “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!”


Following on from her success in 2016, Literature Wales is pleased to announce that award-winning poet Mab Jones has secured a new contract to deliver International Dylan Thomas Day 2017 on behalf of Literature Wales, funded by Welsh Government.


Mab Jones, a lifelong fan of Thomas’ work, was an active participant in the Dylan Thomas Centenary in 2014. She also delivered the hugely successful second Dylan Day in 2016, which saw over 50 events taking place across the world, directly engaging over 7000 people in Wales and abroad through a series of online and live events, social media activity, young people’s writing competition and educational resources. Event highlights have included a sand sculpture of Dylan’s portrait on New Quay beach; a bilingual cut-up poetry workshop in Cardiff; acclaimed artist Baba Brinkman’s new rap on Dylan Thomas, shared via Facebook and YouTube; as well as events in many parts of the world, including London, Laugharne, Oxford, New York, Newport and Australia.


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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