Dylan’s Great Poem

Dylan’s Great Poem returns for International Dylan Thomas Day

Thursday 14 May 2015

martin and aneirin

Dylan’s Great Poem opens for submissions on Thursday 14 May at 9.00 am and invites anyone aged between 7 and 25 years old, living anywhere in the world, to submit up to four lines of poetry written in English or Welsh inspired by the theme ‘our community’. Entries need to be sent via the Developing Dylan 100 website before 12.00 noon on Tuesday 19 May. To submit lines visit http://www.developingdylan100.co.uk/dylans-great-poem-2015/

Martin Daws and Aneirin Karadog, Children’s Poet Laureate of Wales, will select the best lines from those submitted and edit them to create a 100 line bilingual poem. Dylan’s Great Poem will be revealed on Friday 22 May and will be performed live at the Hay Festival on Sunday 24 May.

Hannah Ellis said: “This is a very exciting moment – the first ever Dylan Day to celebrate the magic of my grandfather’s writings.  It’s very inspiring to be able to meet young people and see their passion and enthusiasm for his poetry and for writing their own words.  I can’t wait to read the new poem and know we will be rewarded with something very unique and special.”

Need inspiration? Who better to turn to than Dylan himself and his famous play for voices about the community of Llareggub in Under Milk WoodClick here.

Click here for a list of useful resources to introduce young people to Dylan Thomas and his work.

Click here to read last year’s ‘Dylan’s Great Poem’ edited by Owen Sheers and Mari George.

Funded by Welsh Government, International Dylan Thomas Day is a new day to celebrate the life and work of Dylan Thomas, which will be held each year on 14 May. Click here to find out about events near you and ways to get involved.