15 October 2014

Dylan Night media campaign launched

Dylan Night is issuing the following press release:

Welsh people are being urged to remember the life and work of Dylan Thomas by hosting "Dylan Night" suppers each year.

"Dylan Night" is the brainchild of Cardiff-born journalist Graham Parker who hopes the event, on or near the anniversary of the poet's passing on November 9th,  will become as big in the calendar of Welsh people worldwide as "Burns Night" is for Scots.

Graham hosted the first "Dylan Night" two years ago at his home near Bath and has now set up a website www.dylannight.orgto share the "Order of Celebration" which features extracts of Dylan's poetry at key moments, and a menu including Welsh classics like laverbread and cawl.

Graham says: "To be honest, I only intended it to be a one off night of fun for some friends, and I didn't even repeat it in 2013. 

"But the massive interest and coverage of the centenary of Dylan's birth this year made me realize that "Dylan Night" could become an established event for Welsh people worldwide.

"I chose the anniversary of Dylan's passing, November 9th, for "Dylan Night" because it resonates more with the deep pathos of his poetry and the tragedy of his death at such a young age, at just 39."

Graham, grew up in Pen-y-lan, Cardiff, and attended the city's Howardian High School. He is a lifelong Dylan Thomas fan and believes the Swansea-born poet has become a massive cultural icon for Wales and was, arguably, the greatest Welsh cultural personality of the 20th century.

He adds: "To my mind there is no artist in recent Welsh history who comes close to Dylan. His life and work are so evocative and resonate profoundly with Wales and being Welsh. I believe he is already as important a cultural figure for Welsh people as Robbie Burns is for the Scottish.

"I am certain he would have won the Nobel prize for literature if he had lived longer and knighted.

"When I had the idea for "Dylan Night" I was astonished no one had thought of it before. I could find nothing on Google. 

"I am hoping Welsh people all over the world will start hosting their own "Dylan Nights". I am sure they will find it a lot of fun and also deeply moving.


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