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 will use 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 will motivate a new generation to appreciate and interpret Dylan Thomas’s work in new and innovative ways, whether that’s through rap, film, poetry or even social media. The project will take place between October 2013 and December 2014.

Developing Dylan is 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 says: “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 will help to stimulate creativity and self-confidence amongst young people. Through a creative engagement with the written word, we hope that a new generation will fall in love with Dylan Thomas and literature in general.”

This website will host films and resource packs from the workshops as well as selected footage from the events. Whether through prose, verse, music or visual art, Developing Dylan will celebrate 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.

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Literature Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting literature. It is made up of Yr Academi Gymreig / The Welsh Academy, which is the Society of Writers in Wales, and Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre.

Its many projects and activities include Wales Book of the Year, the National Poet of Wales, literary tourism, the Writers on Tour funding scheme, writing courses at Tŷ Newydd, Translators’ House Wales, funding and advice for writers, the Dinefwr and Tŷ Newydd festivals, Young People’s Writing Squads, fieldworkers in the south Wales valleys and north Wales. Browse the website for a full list of activities.

Literature Wales works with the support of the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government. It is one of the resident organisations of the Wales Millennium Centre, where it runs the Glyn Jones Centre.