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Terry Hetherington Award 2018

In just over a couple of weeks’ time, we’ll be celebrating the creativity, originality and achievements of some of the most talented young writers in Wales. The Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award was established in 2009, in memory of the

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Dylan’s Travels

Our theme for our May half term activities is Dylan’s Travels. Although Dylan spent much of his life living and writing in Wales, he travelled across the UK for poetry performances, broadcasts and other engagements. He spent a summer in

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Understanding Poetry for Beginners

For anyone who struggles to understand poetry, the Open Guide to Literature on Dylan Thomas by Walford Davies is a good place to start. I have been a fan of Dylan Thomas’ works for as long as I can remember,

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Poem of the Month: ‘A Dream of Winter’

‘Very often on winter nights the halfshaped moonlight sees Men through a window of leaves and lashes marking gliding Into the grave an owl-tongued childhood of birds and cold trees,’ ‘A Dream of Winter’, from Dylan Thomas: Collected Poems (2014)

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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 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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