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FROM GRAHAM PARKER - founder of Dylan Night  01225 650060
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Welsh people will remember poet Dylan Thomas by hosting annual suppers celebrating his life and work. It is hoped "Dylan Night" will become as big an event for Welsh people worldwide as "Burns Night" is for the Scots.

The supper celebration for Thomas will be held on or near November 9 each year, which is the anniversary of his death in New York in 1953 following a drinking binge after which he boasted of drinking "eighteen straight whiskies". He was just 39-years-old and left a wife Caitlin and two small children back home in the west Wales seaside village of Laugharne.

Eighteen straight whiskies forms part of the Order of Celebration for Dylan Night drawn up by Welsh journalist Graham Parker who held the first supper for friends on November 12 2012 at his home near Bath. The supper also features extracts of Dylan's poetry at key moments, and a menu including Welsh classics like laverbread and cawl. 

Further details can be found on the website set up by Graham 

He intended the first Dylan Night to be a one off celebration, but the massive worldwide interest in this year's centenary of Dylan's birth on October 27 made him realize that Dylan Night could become a social fixture for the Welsh worldwide and lovers of Thomas' work.

Graham, 52, who grew up in Cardiff, is a lifelong Dylan Thomas fan and believes the Swansea-born poet has become a massive cultural icon for Wales and was undoubtedly the most significant Welsh personality of the 20th century.

 "To my mind there is no artist in recent Welsh history who comes close to Dylan's global renown. 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 Dylan would have won the Nobel prize for literature if he had lived longer and been knighted too.

"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."

The Order of Celebration drawn up by Graham also includes a toast to Thomas' long-suffering wife Caitlin, and ends with the reading of his famous poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night".

Graham adds: ""When I had the idea for "Dylan Night" I was quite surprised no one had thought of it before. I could find nothing on Google. I am certain Welsh people all over the world will start hosting their own "Dylan Nights". They will find it a lot of fun and deeply moving."