We had that scorching classic May Bank Holiday weekend, didn’t we? Follow that! It’s set to be a bit cooler this coming weekend, so what to do? Well it so happens that Swansea celebrates International Dylan Thomas Day on Monday May 14, and a whole weekend of events can make it something special for you.
On the Friday, Dylan’s birthplace on Cwmdonkin Drive is celebrating with a book launch and an evening of readings and music: Into That Good Night, featuring author Hilly Janes and Cordoban singer Rafa Bocero. All details, including ticketing info, available here.
Why not begin Saturday at The Dylan Thomas Centre with the perfect opportunity to visit the free, award-winning ‘Love the Words’ exhibition? This year there will be some themed sessions for the Young Writers Squads, and opening up the Learning Space for everyone to get inspired!
During the day, award winning poet Jonathan Edwards leads two workshops with the Young Writers Squads for 11-16 year olds. Please contact the Centre for more details about the Squads.
Want a bit of history with your Dylan? There’s a Local and Family History Fair at The Waterfront Museum between 11 and 4; a full day of expertise and information to help you find out more about local and family history. Organised in partnership with the Historical Association, Swansea Branch.
And for the evening? I know I’m always going on about Unit Nineteen, but if you haven’t been yet you’ll love the chilled communal atmosphere and the street food (without the street) and the craft ales and the gins and such. And if you have kids in tow you’ll be glad to be able to take them somewhere where you can all have a good time. This Saturday The Supernovas will be playing a set of country classics from the likes of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Glen Campbell and The Bellamy Brothers. And of course it’s free.
Sunday. Day of rest, so let’s not move too far. Swansea Marina Market is on from 10:00 – 15:00. A pleasant way to spend a Summertime Sunday, walking around Swansea’s Marina and admiring the boats, perhaps visiting the National Waterfront Museum, and browsing the monthly farmer’s market for fresh and local produce. And there’s no charge!
Meanwhile, nearby at the Dylan Thomas Centre: the Centre’s family friendly Learning Space will be open for free self-led play. Activities include creative writing, puppets, games, reading corner, crafts and dressing up costumes, all inspired by Dylan Thomas. Great for families with children of all ages, drop-in, free.
And for Sunday? The Taliesin Arts Centre presents Birdsong – Cân yr Adar, a collaboration between jazz pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock, singer/songwriter Kizzy Crawford and chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru, fusing jazz, classical and soul-folk music through spellbinding bilingual songs inspired by the ancient forests of Carngafallt in Powys.
On the Day itself, the Monday, the Taliesin has a number of things going on, including film screenings: Discovering Dylan Thomas and Down with Dylan, and in the evening there’s Huw Warren’s Do Not Go Gentle.
I’m sure there’s more to see, but it’s a busy time to be a Dylan fan. Hope you find the thing for you. Consider visiting the Dylan Thomas Centre online and tell them how it went for you.