A new annual day of celebration in the name of Wales’ most famous literary son has this week been announced as part of an event to mark the conclusion of the successful year-long Dylan Thomas 100 Festival. Dylan Day will be held each year on 14 May, the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at The Poetry Centre in New York in 1953.
Starting in 2015, and part of a three year package of funding announced by Welsh Government, Dylan Day will celebrate and raise the profile of Thomas’ work in Wales and abroad through a variety of activities, launch events, educational resources and social media activity.
The first year’s activity will centre on the publication of A Dylan Odyssey, based on Literature Wales’ 2014 Dylan Thomas-inspired literary tourism programme of the same name.
Hundreds of events have taken place to commemorate and explore the life, words and landscapes of the great Welsh poet while also introducing his work to new and younger audiences. There have been festivals; newly commissioned TV and radio programmes; competitions; marathon celebrity readings; commemorative coins; theatre and dance productions; lectures; exhibitions; literary tours taken on foot, by boat, and on horseback; and even a Dylan Thomas app in the shape of a Walking Tour of Greenwich Village in New York.