Thanks be to you, and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Christmas is recognised by many as the season of goodwill, and next week at the Dylan Thomas Centre, we will be showing our gratuity to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support in establishing our ‘Love the Words’ exhibition. From

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Rapture at Christmas

This has to be my favourite season… and not only because Christmas is coming. It’s that time of year when we welcome our annual guests, recent National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. On the

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Party Hats, Cake and Calligraphy at Dylan’s Birthday Bash!

We had a ball celebrating the birth of our favourite Swansea-born poet, Dylan Thomas himself, at Dylan’s Birthday Bash on Monday 30 October. From 1pm – 4pm we made birthday badges, had our faces painted and also consumed a lot

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A favourite Dylan Thomas poem

‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees Is my destroyer. And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose My youth is bent by the same wintry

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Family Friendly Museum Awards 2017 #FFMA17

On Monday 2 October, we were delighted to be invited to London as a shortlisted museum in the annual Family Friendly Museum Awards! After a very engaging passionate speech from TV presenter and writer Philip Mould, who was thrilled with

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‘Sea-spying windows’ and ‘smoky ship-pictured bars’: Dylan Thomas’ ‘Quite Early One Morning’ (1945) Part 2

Part 2 We left part one of this ‘Quite Early One Morning’ post relishing Dylan’s comic observations about New Quay and its slowly stirring townsfolk. After a while the broadcast adopts a wistful, world-weary tone, and we hear about the

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‘Sea-spying windows’ and ‘smoky ship-pictured bars’: Dylan Thomas’ ‘Quite Early One Morning’ (1945)

  Part 1 I recently discovered Dylan’s broadcast ‘Quite Early One Morning’ (1945), first recorded on 14 December 1944 and broadcast by the Home Service on 31 August 1945. As I listened I could hear, in its opening, its setting, and in

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The Collected Letters – A Reader’s Journey

Remember that time when people wrote each other letters and put them in the post? Me neither. But people DID! And Dylan Thomas…wow, he really did. I’m sat here looking at 1062 pages of letters. (Ok, some of that is

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‘A tune on an ice-cream cornet’: Holiday Memory (1946)

While known for his poetry, when I first started working here, I was excited to find out that Dylan also wrote for radio and film. As I wandered through the exhibition, I discovered a page from one of his broadcasts and

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Make the summer holidays memorable

We’re all really excited about the approaching summer holidays here at the Dylan Thomas Centre! I’ve just finished reading Elen’s Island by Eloise Williams, a story about a girl who finds herself spending her holiday on a Welsh island with

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