News Archive

Thank you everyone who made Developing Dylan 100

The Developing Dylan team want to say a huge thank you to everyone who made Literature Wales’ Developing Dylan 100 project an incredible success. From the beginning of the project in September 2013 to the last workshop in March 2015, nearly 13,000 children and young people took part and contributed their own creativity.

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Brennig Davies wins BBC Young Writers’ Award 2015

15 year-old Brennig Davies from Barry, South Wales, has won the first-ever BBC Young Writers' Award with Book Trust for his story 'Skinning'.

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Dylan’s Great Poem

Dylan’s Great Poem returns for International Dylan Thomas Day

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Developing Dylan Live

Dylan Thomas Creative Writing Workshops Now Online

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Gillian Clarke – Especially When the October Wind

Developing Dylan 100 proudly co-publish this poem by Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, written in response to Dylan Thomas. It was originally published online by Sheffield's Off the Shelf Festival of Words, as part of Shedloads of Work. It's a specially-commissioned poem influenced and inspired by Dylan Thomas as part of the centenary celebrations, funded by Arts Council England. Especially When the October Wind Especially when the October wind roars woken from the wild Atlantic salt on its breath, scrawling italics on the cloud-stirred face of the pond, alliterates the sky with flocks of birds, herds a huddle of sheep against the hedge, breathes sibilants through rushes, reeds and sedge, beneath migrating murmurations of words; when after gold September the wind wakes, shakes the crows, a pair of kites, throws gulls shining back to sea like flights of angels; when it sees the careful garden taken apart, death-decomposing and returned to earth; when it puts the devil in the blackberries we left ungathered, drives days and words to drifts, undoes the trees, to die before rebirth. Imagine no songs and the heart deaf, the mind silent, when winds won’t wake and words won’t sing, and seas no longer break over this hill, this house, this roof, no dying light, or loose-gold-falling leaves, no weather, no day or night, no season shortening, or narrowing light, no coming winter, or following spring. Especially after the longest night, the shortest day, in the first fall of snow lie all remembered winters long ago, a dark world’s transfiguration as white as the first page. Alive in the dying year, I make my music out of words the wind brings, whatever season sings, whatever weather over the heart breaks. Gillian Clarke

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Dylan Thomas and Hip Hop: A Lament

To celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth, Martin Daws muses on the surprising similarities between Thomas’ poetry and Hip Hop. This article was originally published on Young Poets Network, the Poetry Society’s resource for writers aged 25 and under. 

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Hannah Ellis: My Grandfather Dylan Thomas

This is a guest blog by Hannah Ellis’ taken from her forthcoming book Dylan Thomas: a Centenary Celebration

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Nicholas McGaughey’s blog

Nicholas McGaughey is  one of the team of creatives delivering cross art-form workshops. Nicholas has been an actor since 1986. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Society, National Theatre and Royal Court, though most of his work has been in television. He has recently been filming Poirot, Whitechapel,Atlantis and The Musketeers. He is part of The Traverse 50 and has a short play called First Night which is being done at The Edinburgh festival in August.

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Sally Spedding’s blog

Sally is one of the team of writers running creative writing workshops. She is the author of eight crime novels and Strangers Waiting, a collection of dark short stories. She is also an award-winning poet. 

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Mab Jones’ blog

Mab Jones is one of the team of writers running creative writing workshops. She is also Resident Poet at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, a comic and playwright. Winner of the John Tripp Spoken Poetry Audience Prize, she supported television’s Phil Jupitus at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, appears regularly on BBC radio, and has been hailed as “absolutely brilliant” by the Guardian.

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Eurig Salisbury’s blog

Sorry, this entry is only available in Welsh.

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Cynan Jones’ blog

Cynan Jones is one of the team of writers delivering creative writing workshops. He is the author of The Long Dry (Parthian), Everything I Found on the Beach (Parthian), and Bird, Blood, Snow (Seren). His most recent book is The Dig (Granta). It won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award, was shortlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award and is being translated into Turkish, Spanish, French, Dutch and German, with a USA edition forthcoming in 2015.

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Competition winners

The much-anticipated results of our Prologue to an Adventure international creative writing competition were announced on Thursday 6 November as part of a day of activities celebrating the centenary of Dylan Thomas. Into Film shared the afternoon awards ceremony for announcing the winners of their Dylan Thomas Filmmaking Competition.

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Dylan’s ghost visits Sully Primary School

Last week author Laura Sheldon delivered a fantastic Dylanwad 100 workshop to a Year 6 group at Sully Primary School where she teaches, as part of the launch for her new book Mr Mahli’s Shed and the Ghost of Dylan (Firefly Press). The book is a fun introduction to Dylan Thomas that features the grumpy ghost of the poet who is now resident in a shed near Cwmdonkin Drive.

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The Rock and Roll Poet

‘Rock and roll poet’ is a new and exciting educational platform based on the work of Dylan Thomas.

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Writing Dylan

On September 17th, Mr Mahli’s Shed and a Ghost Named Dylan (Firefly Press), a gentle introduction to the great Welsh poet aimed at 7-9 years olds by Laura Sheldon and illustrated by Huw Aaron, will launch with the help of a Developing Dylan 100 creative writing workshopThis is a guest blog by Laura Sheldon, and originally appeared at fireflypress.co.uk

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Clare Potter

Clare Potter is  one of the team of creatives delivering cross art-form workshops. A poet, playwright, collaborator and educator who grew up in Blackwood, South Wales, she taught and lived for several years in New Orleans, where she was a consultant for the New Orleans Writing Project. Her collection, Spilling Histories (Cinnamon, 2006), is based around the Hurricane Katrina disaster. In 2004 she won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry.

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Workshops on the festival circuit

Look out for Developing Dylan 100 creative writing workshops at:

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Clare Ferguson Walker

Clare Ferguson Walker is one of the team of writers delivering creative writing workshops. Her love affair with poetry began when at the age of seven she attended a workshop with Gillian Clarke, and her poem was read out at the end. Based in Pembrokeshire, she is a sculptor, a singer, a performance poet, a curator, a writer, and a stand- up comedienne. Buzz Magazine called her "one of the brightest stars to be zooming upwards in Wales at the moment."

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Sophie McKeand

Sophie McKeand is one of the team of writers delivering creative writing workshops. Sophie has performed at Green Man, Wilderness and Dinefwr Literature Festivals. She is co-founder of DRKMTR, Metaforestry and theAbsurd. Her published work can be found in the likes of Adbusters and the latest Dark Mountain anthology. Sophie regularly works with young people across Wales to encourage engagement with poetry and the arts. 

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The National Eisteddfod of Wales

Developing Dylan 100 creative writing workshops will be visiting the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli this year, with Eurig Salisbury and Gwennan Evans, working with children of all ages.

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Kevin Powell takes part in Developing Dylan 100

On Friday 18 July, influential American public speaker, poet and writer Kevin Powell took part in a Developing Dylan 100 cross art-form workshop with the Pembrokeshire Traveller Education Service.

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