International Dylan Thomas Day (Dylan Day for short) celebrates the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. It is 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.

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:

“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.”

Hannah Ellis, the granddaughter of Dylan Thomas and the Creative Coordinator for his literary estate, said:

“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.”
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