Take a look at the great events in which the Research Institute of Arts and Humanities and Swansea University are affiliated with this International Dylan Thomas Day.
The third annual International Dylan Thomas Day or 'Dylan Day' fast approaches and will once again see a series of wonderful events taking place around the world. But what is 'Dylan Day?' - Well it is an international day to celebrate the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which is 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.
Even though 14th May is the main day of celebration we also see many events taking place on the lead up to the day itself. Wonderfully, it is naturally evolving into a week long celebration for Swansea's most famous son and Wales' most renowned writer.
The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities and Swansea University are delighted to be affiliated with the following events.
On the afternoon of Saturday 6th May you can catch Professor John Goodby at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. In a UK premier event the acclaimed Dylan expert and poet will reveal exciting new Dylan poetry, correspondence and photos. Highlights include a glimpse of the recently-discovered Dylan Thomas notebook (which was first discovered and bought at auction by Swansea University in 2014.), a reading of a mysterious unknown letter, and an account of the Thomas family by their GP. John will also talk about Dylan’s recently discovered poem The Dream of Winter- and the haunting photos that accompany it. A must for every Dylan fan!
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Taking place on Tuesday 9th May (the eve of the announcement of the winner of the 2017 award), the British Library will host a celebration of this year's International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University shortlisted authors and titles.
This ticketed event will see all six authors that are up for the prestigious £30,000 prize in attendance to offer live readings from their respective nominated works. The audience will also have the opportunity to gain unique insight into the creative processes and future plans of the shortlisted authors as they field questions in a Q&A. This will be led by senior judge Professor Kurt Heinzelman (University of Texas), with an introduction by Chair of judges Professor Dai Smith.
It promises to be a truly wonderful evening and is the perfect way to celebrate the very best in young literary talent. Audience members will also have the chance to meet the shortlisted authors and judges
The evening of Wednesday 10th May sees the crowning of this year's winner of the International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University. The award ceremony starts at 7pm at Swansea University's Great Hall on the stunning Bay Campus. For just £8 (£6 concessions) you can be a part of a truly wonderful occasion as we award £30,000 to the winner of the prestigious prize.
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Dylan Day 14th May, sees the birthplace and family home of the poet, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, stage a very special event from 2pm. Swansea University’s Department of Languages, Translation and Interpreting present: a unique gathering of poets and translators of many tongues. A celebration of Dylan Thomas as a world writer.
It will feature readings of new and old translations of the poem ‘Do Not Go Gentle…’ in a range of languages. We have two world premieres: new versions by the world-famous poets Mamta Sagar (in Kannada/Kanarese) and Yang Lian (in Mandarin Chinese). Mamta Sagar, from India, will be present as part of her current tour of Wales. Yang Lian recently visited Swansea, and his new translation will be read by a Chinese Translation Studies student. If you have a translation or can create one, please bring it. We are collecting versions, and so far have Flemish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
This event is FREE to attend
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The London Welsh Centre will come alive to Dylan Thomas infused jazz at 7pm on Dylan Day 14th May as Prof. Daniel Williams, who is Professor of English Literature and Director of The Richard Burton for the Study of Wales at Swansea University launches 'Wales Bird: Aderyn Rhiannon, Dylan Thomas in the American Century'
The piece is described as a new style of Edutainment where the lecture room meets a jazz club and morphs into a hip hop cypher.
It features an all star cast of Cymru counter culturalists: leading authority on the work and legacy of Dylan Thomas, Professor Daniel G. Williams; poets Aneirin Karadog (Prifardd o’r Eisteddfod 2016), Martin Daws (Young People’s Laureate for Wales 2013-16) and Zaru Jonson (John Tripp Award Runner Up); with music by Double Bassist Huw V. Williams (Yamaha Prize Winner) and UK Beatbox Star Mr Phormula. Original Artwork by Ewan Jones Morris.
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London really does become 'literary' on Dylan Day 14th May as Prof. John Goodby launches his new book 'Discovering Dylan Thomas: A Companion to the Collected Poems and Notebook Poems' at the Wheatsheaf pub in the heart of London's Fitzrovia from 7pm. The new work, published by University of Wales Press, contains the very first appearance of material from Dylan’s fifth notebook (which was first discovered and bought at auction by Swansea University in 2014.)
It therefore includes previously unseen material – no new poems as such, but whole verses and lines he cut from poems before they were published. It also includes material from previously unknown library archives. Hannah Ellis (Dylan's grand-daughter) and Guy Masterson (one-man Dylan Thomas show actor) will be present, and there will also be readings from Dr. Alice Barnaby of Swansea University and Hilly Janes, journalist and author.
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- Friday 28 April 2017 12.44 BST
- Tuesday 9 May 2017 08.26 BST
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