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.

Developing Dylan 100/Dylanwad 100 was the education component of Wales’ Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, and was run by Literature Wales and funded by Welsh Government.

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What we did

Through creative writing workshops, prestigious international competitions and a cutting-edge roadshow, Literature Wales brought the wizardry of Dylan Thomas’ words to the children and young people of Wales and beyond.

The Prologue To An Adventure creative writing competition and Dylan’s Great Poem online event, received entries from 25 different countries across 5 continents.

9665 children and young people took part in our Dylan Thomas-themed workshops. You can see some of their amazing work here:

The exhilarating Dylan Live performances were enjoyed by 2294 people at universities and festivals including PEN World Voices Festival of Voice in New York, Dinefwr Literature Festival and Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia.

What you said

“It was EPIC. When we did the workshop I learnt that when you write poems you should be yourself, and don’t stress. Just jumble some words up and then BOOM, you have found your poem” – pupil from Sully Primary School.

“Getting pupils involved in Dylan’s Great Poem judged by Owen Sheers, has been one of the big highlights of this teaching term – a brilliant initiative which the pupils loved.” – Jonathan Edwards, teacher and 2014 Costa Poetry Award winner.

“One of the best things we’ve done for years.” – Beverley Stephens, Teacher in Charge, Pembrokeshire Traveller Education Service.

“The pupils produced some really creative animations and we were delighted with the pupil response. The whole concept of the workshop is excellent and has helped pupils with varying abilities engage with challenging subject matter with immediate and creative results!” – Hannah Penny, Art Department, Stanwell School.

How will you celebrate Dylan Day?

Dylan Day is an international day dedicated to celebrating the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which will be 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.

Cerys Matthews MBE, Welsh singer, songwriter, author and broadcaster says: “I’ve enjoyed celebrating Burns Night over the years and often wanted to celebrate Dylan Thomas in the same way – at last there is a date in the diary for Dylan Day. Why not raise a glass to this little great man every year on 14 May and enjoy the chance to savour the brilliance of his work by reading out excerpts and throwing a party, wherever you are!”

Thank you

50 writers and artists took part in Developing Dylan 100. A huge thank you to you all. Thank you to all the schools across Wales and beyond that took part in this international project. Finally, thank you to all our partners who worked with Literature Wales to make Developing Dylan 100 such a huge success: