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Dylan Thomas was Wales' greatest cultural personality of the 20th century.

His lyrical poetry moved millions and the centenary of his birth in 2014 is a major worldwide event.

Inspired by "Burns Night" - the annual celebration of the life and work of the great Scottish poet Robbie Burns - we urge Dylan Thomas fans in Wales and beyond to celebrate the life of this great artist each year with a feast of good food and Dylan's poetry, on or near the anniversary of his passing, November 9th.

It is felt that marking his passing rather than his birth is more in keeping with the deep pathos of his work and the resonance of his tragic death at such a young age, just 39-years-old.

Coverage of Dylan Night on Wales Online 17 October 2014

Coverage of Dylan Night in Western Mail 18 October 2014

The first "Dylan Night" was held at the home of Graham and Kate Parker near Bath, UK, on the night of 12 November 2012.

An "Order of Celebration" was presented to guests; which we invite others to follow when hosting their own Dylan Night celebrations. See link above.

Graham is a proud Welshman and lifelong Dylan Thomas fan. He now manages this website and is the custodian of "Dylan Night". All proceeds of the event each year are donated to a chosen Welsh charity.

The first "Dylan Night" in 2012

He says: "To my mind there is no artist in recent Welsh history who comes close to Dylan's renown worldwide. 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 been knighted too.

"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."

You can also share your own "Dylan Night" photos and experiences through the Facebook page here.

Dylan Thomas, poet, 1914-1953

"Do not go gentle in that good night."

27 comments:

  1. Brilliant idea Graham. I also can't believe no one has thought of this before. The Order of Celebration looks good too. I am planning to hold my own Dylan Night for some mates in Cardiff, and will take some photos for your facebook page.
    Gags, Cardiff

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    1. Thanks Gags, hope your own Dylan Night goes well!

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  2. Yes, just saw on Twitter you're allowing comments. Good luck to you and Dylan Night. I am very confident this will take off once people have got to grips with it. Will try and get some friends involved but my lot are a right bunch to organise at the best of time. Beth

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  3. Our invites for Dylan Night have gone out today! should be fun.
    Nat Caerphilly

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  4. Following you on Twitter Graham. Good luck with Dylan Night. @richardsmithtt

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  5. hope something comes of this. can't do it this year but will put in my diary as a "must" for 2015.

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  6. ditto - nice talking to you about this last week in llani graham. hope you enjoyed your stay here.
    tony, llani

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  7. I've got an idea for promoting Dylan Night Graham, where's your email address?

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  8. Just read an article on Wales Online about Dylan Night Graham. What a really wonderful idea! I am going to organise an event for pals for weekend it falls on, though I'd better get my skates on. Well done, and I really like the Order of Celebration, spot on.

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  9. Saw the WalesOnline article too Graham. Also can't believe no one thought of this before, especially as so much thought has gone into the centenary this year. I think Dylan definitely deserves his night like Robbie Burns. He's just as important to we Welsh as Burns is to the Scots. Good luck.

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  10. as the man said, "do not go gentle in that good night"
    lets hope it's a good on the 9th. this could run and run

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  11. Mivvie and Jenks18 October 2014 at 10:24

    So that's what happened to you Graham!! Long time no speak. Good idea Gra. Look us up, we're still married. Mivvie and Jenks

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  12. What an utterly brilliant idea!! Best thing to come out of the Dylan Thomas centenary so far, and I am followingit avidly. Am organising my own Dylan Night and have printed off celebration order. Will look you up on facebook too. Diawn!

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  13. I saw on Twitter that Allison Pearson, my favourite columnist in the Telegraph, said Dylan Night was a brilliant idea. I'm Welsh and a Dylan fan and I totally agree!

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  14. This is a really good idea. A few of my mates were talking about it down the pub last night after seeing the Western Mail piece. We'll try and organise a Dylan Night ourselves. Diawn Graham

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  15. I am really looking forward to hosting one of these Dylan nights this year or definitely next. Not sure about the cawl as main course though, never cooked it, but will give it a go. Differ

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  16. Derek Robinson Swansea20 October 2014 at 11:34

    Some great coverage for Dylan Night, hope it takes off

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  17. Personally I think Burns was the greater poet, but I'm Scots so I would say that wouldn't I.

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  18. Greg Holland, Cathays, Cardiff20 October 2014 at 22:19

    Read the piece in the Western Mail over the weekend, but helluva job finding this website I must say! Doesn't bode well if you can't find the website. However, I like the idea, and it's a very fitting wayn to remember Wales's greatest poet.

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  19. Wendy, Llantwit Major23 October 2014 at 13:26

    Saw Western Mail piece earlier in the wee. About time someone had this idea. Hope it sticks. Dylan was a great poet, all of Wales should be proud of him.

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  20. Nice on Graham, been following this on Facebook. I think it will be huge for Welsh people as it grows. Too shy to host my own supper though. Will have to wait for an invite :-) Kev Griffiths, Lampeter

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  21. Heard you this morning on Today programme. Very interested in hosting one of these. Well done that man! What about booking the boathouse?

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  22. Never heard of this before the Today programme this morning. I prefer RS Thomas myself but Dylan is definitely the more iconic poet as you said.

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  23. Jenny Carter (nee Jones)5 November 2014 at 12:58

    Am preparing my first Dylan Night. Hoping to have ten seated at my home in Winchester - a sprinkling of Welsh expats of course. Love the whole idea and thought you gave Mr Humphrys a run for his money. Well done.

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  24. Stumbled across this whilst Googling Bob Dylan. I'm Welsh so really appreciate the idea. Will try and organise a dinner this November. Iechyd Da

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