Dylan’s Magic On Tour
“Poetic madness, intoxication, call it what you will, is something that I wish every young person could have a chance to experience. It is a real form of magic, of bewitchment. Being mastered by it was one of the great experiences of my life – it changed my life. It’s a rite of passage. Once you’ve gone through it, you’re never the same again.” Philip Pullman
Part of the official Dylan Thomas 100 Festival celebrations and supported by the Department for Education and Skills, Developing Dylan 100 used the magic of Dylan Thomas’s words to inspire the young people of Wales. As well as encouraging confidence in reading and writing, Developing Dylan 100 motivated a new generation to appreciate and interpret Dylan Thomas’s work in new and innovative ways: rap, film, poetry and social media. The project took place between October 2013 and March 2015.
Developing Dylan was supported by a range of high profile writers and cultural figures such as Philip Pullman, Owen Sheers, National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, Joe Dunthorne, Bethan Gwanas, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Young People’s Laureate Martin Daws, DJ Huw Stephens and Dylan Thomas’s granddaughter Hannah Ellis.
Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales said: “I will never forget listening to the first broadcast of Under Milk Wood on the radio. I thought, this is a Welsh poet writing about my people, my country speaking to the world. Maybe I too can be a writer.”
Literature Wales Chief Executive, Lleucu Siencyn, said: “As a national company we aim to nurture a love of literature in people of all ages, and Developing Dylan helped stimulate creativity and self-confidence amongst young people. Through creative engagement with the written word, a new generation has fallen in love with Dylan Thomas and literature in general.”
This website hosts films and resource packs from the workshops as well as selected footage from the events. Through prose, verse, music and visual art, Developing Dylan 100 workshops celebrated the diverse ways in which Dylan Thomas’s poetry can be appreciated, shared and enjoyed.
“The work of Dylan Thomas inspires on a global scale, and it is essential that all parts of Wales can have a chance to appreciate his work in a fun and inventive way. This project is going to enable those who might not naturally take an interest in his work to do so, and to come to appreciate this national treasure.”
Radio 1 and Radio Cymru DJ, Huw Stephens..