The Dylan Thomas Birthplace
Events at Dylan’s
BOOK LAUNCH AND NEW PLAY READING
Look out for some exciting events at the birthplace to be confirmed.
HOW THE ANIMATED UNDER MILK WOOD WAS CREATED
Date to be announced January 2023.
A very special evening in the company of Robin and Andrew from Calon.tv who created the animated version of Under Milk Wood for the new channel S4C. Calon.tv were also behind Super Ted and Fireman Sam
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2023
Some very special events coming your way
THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF DYLAN’S DEATH
October and November 2023.
Clear your diary for two weeks for The Beginning Festival featuring visiting choirs, the Dylan Thomas Society hosting of a three day Swansea wide conference with the Thomas Hardy Society over Dylan’s birthday weekend. The following weekend there is a very special performance in the front parlour of Michael Stimpson’s song cycle for baritone and harp – Dylan – featuring the Prince of Wales harpist Alys Huws
WREATH LAYING A WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Date TBC mid November 2023
COVID has prevented us from holding this event for the past three years so the 70th anniversary of Dylan’s death takes on special significance.
A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
December 20th 2022 – 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Christmas in the Front Parlour of the Dylan Thomas Birthplace
Step into the heart of Dylan’s childhood as you take a trip down memory lane or imagine Christmases years ago while listening to the most famous and timeless Christmas story of modern times – A Child’s Christmas in Wales – and your magical trip takes you into the house – in the room – about which it was conceived. Where the author couldn’t remember “…whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or twelve days and twelve nights when I was six…”!
Adrian Metcalfe of the Lighthouse Theatre Company will bring alive A Child’s Christmas in Wales in the front parlour of the Dylan Thomas Birthplace. Join us online in the parlour for this unique experience – imagine where the fat uncles sat down after Christmas dinner, fell asleep and snored while the thin aunts tiptoed around sipping parsnip wine and getting a bit tiddly because “…it was only once a year…”
A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas is published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson and performed by kind permission of the copyright holders The Dylan Thomas Trust
Also getting into the Christmas spirit will be the Cwmdonkin Ukes ukulele band with a great selection of Christmas favourites that you can sing along to wherever you are.
Each year tickets sell very quickly and this will be your only chance to marvel at Mrs Prothero’s turkey fire and cats! The performance is 6.30pm for 7pm stat. Zoom joining details will be emailed to you shortly before the event
4th November (6.30pm) – Launch of The Two Dylans
Jeff Towns in conversation with Alun Gibbard. Live in the parlour and on zoom
Join us for our first parlour event of the Autumn when we welcome author and antiquarian bookseller Jeff Towns who will be in conversation with broadcaster and Dylan expert Alun Gibbard about the fascinating new book about The Two Dylans – BOB DYLAN and DYLAN THOMAS
As the ultimate Rock ‘n’ Roll Poets, BOB DYLAN and DYLAN THOMAS represent two sides of the same coin. Bob Dylan made the music. Dylan Thomas lived the lifestyle. Both perfected the art of performed literature. Bringing together two of the foremost writers on each artist for the first time, THE TWO DYLANS takes us on a literary and literal path taken by Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas.
There are so many strange and wonderful connections and coincidences; shared passions and associations that tie these two cultural icons – BOB DYLAN and DYLAN THOMAS together. This provides a rich tapestry – from the ancient Welsh folk tales of the Mabinogion to the poems of the Beat Generation; from Stravinsky to John Cale; from Johnny Ray to Charlie Chaplain. Rimbaud and Lorca, Sgt Pepper and The Bells of Rhymney, Nelson Algren and Tennessee Williams and much more.
Joining them and performing for the first time in the parlour will be the local folk duo Crow Hollow – Tony Webb and Rebecca Lowe – with their tribute to Bob Dylan
As well as being live in the parlour we also will be beaming it worldwide on Zoom so if you are a fan of one or both of the Dylans this is a ‘must go to’ event if it is our parlour or your own front room!
October 27th 2022 (1pm to 5pm) – Dylan’s 108th Birthday
We had an Open House to celebrate Dylan’s birthday.
We can only speculate what Dylan and his friends might have done to celebrate his birthdays in the house, but we do have an account of a birthday party that his daughter, the late Aeronwy, attended as a ten year old. Spam and Marmite sandwiches were on the table along with orange pop, Welsh cakes and a birthday cake covered in Smarties.
So why not come along – taste some party food, read a poem, sing a song or just have a sneak look around the house – it’s free but in true Dylan style we have a donation box. 1pm to 5pm.