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Events Programme 2014 - Dylan Thomas 100 Festival


How to Book

To book tickets/ for more information on all the events/ to buy a hardcopy of the Brochure telephone: 07748 270439 or email Press / Media Contacts via 

Pop up writing shed

The iconic Writing Shed in Laugharne (well a scaled down replica of it!) will take to the road (courtesy of our sponsors CLH Trailers, Castell Howell Foods Ltd and Medway Builders). Be prepared to see it “popping up” at The Hay Festival, The Royal Welsh Show and The Carmarthenshire 2014 Eisteddfod in Llanelli to name but a few locations.

Dylan Thomas Boathouse Flash Mob

The Flash Mob will develop the performance of young people across South and West Wales over several months resulting in a surprise performances during 2014 to commemorate the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth.

Poet In Residence
April 2014 - John Bilsborough

Poets On The Patio (Or Maybe In The Parlour – Depending On The Weather !!). 
John will be hosting some public readings with some invited poets and musicians.
Tuesday 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th April 7pm – till late
Tickets to include Supper £7.50

Artist In Residence
May 2014 - Cheryl Beer

During Cheryl’s residency at the DylanThomas Boathouse she will produce and edit a digital short film comprising of photographic stills, music composition on ukulele and spoken word poetic lyric, based on the theme of 100, Dylan Thomas, The Boathouse & Laugharne.

Thursday 1st May 2014 - Cheryl Beer

Whilst in residency, Cheryl will also be populating the Gallery exhibition space with her display film, about the West Wales Coastline entitled The Dragon Tree: A newfolk story for the West Wales Coastline. There will also be framed and mounted prints of Laugharne and of the Dylan Thomas Trail in New Quay on display and for sale.
Starts 6.45pm with light refreshments
Tickets £10

Special Event
Tuesday 27th May 2014 - Menna Elfyn

Poetry reading by Menna Elfyn & the winners of the Carmarthenshire Commonwealth Baton Poetry competition on the subject ‘ Games’ to coincide with the day the Commonwealth Baton passes through Carmarthenshire on its way to the Glasgow Games.
Event starts at 6.45pm with a light supper followed by the Poetry performances.
Tickets £12.50

Poet In Residence
June 2014 - Samantha Wynne Rhydderch

Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch is a poet who lives and works in New Quay. Twice short-listed for Wales Book of the Year, she is the first Welsh poet on the Picador Poetry list. Samantha is also Writing Fellow at Trinity St David University.

One to One Writing Surgeries Day
Saturday 7th June 2014

If you are looking to move your writing up to the next level bring your poems or short fiction along and Samantha will help you hone and polish your writing by highlighting what's working and what needs work in your drafts.
10.30am - 4.30pm
Tickets £5 for 30 minute slot -which includes tea and cake!!

Best to book in advance by emailing

Creative Writing Workshop
Saturday 21st June 2014

In Character: This workshop will look at writing in character by stepping into the shoes of either a character from history or a character from Dylan Thomas's life/books. We will examine how to build a character in a poem through creating a plausible voice.
2 - 4pm
Tickets £7.50 to include tea and scones.

Poetry Reading
Saturday 28th June 2014

Samantha Wynne Rhydderch will give a reading of new written work which has been produced during this residency.
Tickets £10.00 to include supper.

Exhibition Unveiling “Dylan’s Domain”
Sunday June 1st 2014

Robert plans to exhibit 25 new paintings for this event. Robert creates textures by overlaying alkyd oil paint with a palette knife, but often resorting to rags and even fingers to obtain this multi-coloured effect. The result is a delightful fragmentation of the surfaces that is so attractive.
6 - 8pm
Robert Harrison Exhibition will be on display all month

Reading by Lane Ashfeldt - "SaltWater"
Saturday 12th June 2014

Reading by Lane Ashfeldt from her new book SaltWater. Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Thursday 12th June at 7pm. Tickets £5  - Telephone 01994 427420

Special Event - ‘Poetry and Place’
Saturday June 21st 2014 - Dr Rowan Williams

Dr Rowan Williams discusses the role of particular landscapes – urban and rural – in the poetry of Dylan Thomas and other local writers.’
Event starts at 7pm
Tickets £15 to include a Summer Buffet.

Poet In Residence
July 2014 Susan Richardson

“Wild Writing” Susan Richardson is a poet, performer and educator specialising in environmental, wildlife and conservation themes.

Thursday 3rd July and Tuesday 15th July

Susan Richardson will be in residence! Catch up with her for an informal chat in between her explorations of the Estuary!!

Wild Writing Workshops
Sunday 13th & 27th July

Walk, explore and respond, through either prose and poetry, both to the natural landscape and wildlife you encounter along the Taf estuary and to the Dylan Thomas-inspired prompts which Susan will provide. There will also be time spent back at the Boathouse, doing more writing sparked by the material you've gathered and receiving helpful feedback on what you create, in a fun and supportive setting.
Arrive 9.45am for Coffee and Welshcakes at The Boathouse ending with lunch.
Tickets £12.50

Peripatetic Performance Poetry
Sunday 13th July and Sunday 27th July.

Susan regularly yanks poetry readings away from the arts centre, festival tent and pub by leading Poetry Walks in wild and inspiring landscapes. Join her for a wander through Laugharne's woody and watery fringes where she'll perform poems on environmental and wildlife themes, wilderness and metamorphosis from her recent and forthcoming collections. In the process, experience for yourself how the experience of listening to poetry changes according to whether you are indoors or in a wilder outdoor setting. Feel free to bring a favourite poem - by Dylan Thomas or another poet of your choice - to read aloud during the course of the walk too.
Meet at the Boathouse at 2.30pm – 5pm
Tickets - £6.00 includes tea and scones.

Final Performance Event
Sunday 27th July 2013

Susan's new collection of poetry, due to be published in 2015, is going to be themed around metamorphosis. The Dylan Thomas Boathouse, located on the ever-transforming Taf Estuary, is an ideal location for Susan to explore the metamorphosis theme further and she will aim to write a new sequence of poems during her residency period. At the Boathouse-based performance event at the end of her residency, Susan will share this brand-new sequence, perform some of her published work and also invite anyone who has participated in her workshops to share the writing they've produced.
Starts at 7pm
Tickets - £12.50 includes a Summer Buffet.

Exhibition - Helen Elliott
Tuesday 1st July 2014

Helen’s quirky style will be used to great effect to create this new body of work based on Dylan’s Laugharne.
7 - 8.30pm

Special Event
“An Evening with Gillian Clarke”- National Poet of Wales
Thursday July 31st 2014

Gillian Clarke, National Poet for Wales since 2008, was born in Cardiff and lives in Ceredigion. She is President of Ty Newydd, the Welsh Writers Centre which she co-founded in 1990. She has published ten collections of poems and a book of prose, At the Source. Her latest poetry collection, Ice, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award. In December 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. 
Event Starts at 7pm
Tickets - £15 to include a Summer Buffet

Poet In Residence
August - Dave Woolley

David Woolley is a poet and freelance literature consultant. He was born in Plymouth, and began his literary life in SW England, where he edited the magazine West words for several years.

Workshop One
20th August

‘No Read, No Write’ – a workshop in which Dave Woolley and Ann Gray will introduce a wide range of poems you probably won’t have encountered before. Why we think they’re important, and how they can inspire your own writing to take new directions.
Places limited. 5pm – 7.30pm
Tickets - £12-50 includes a light supper.

Workshop Two
21st August

‘Weighing Every Word’ – a workshop with Dave and Ann that will focus on editing your poems to make them even better than you thought they could be. Please bring a couple of your poems along. Places limited. The two workshops can be attended separately, but there will be natural connections between the two!
5pm – 7.30pm
Tickets - £12-50 includes a light supper.

Workshop Three
21st August

‘Word & Image’ - Art & Poetry Workshop for young people aged 10 – 14. Artist Keith Bayliss will work with Ann & Dave, using visual images to inspire poetry and vice versa.
Places limited. 10am – 3pm
Tickets - £7.50 to include materials and a sandwich lunch!

Residency Finale
21st August

‘The Colour of Saying’ Dave and Ann will give readings of their work, together with a display of art-work from Keith and perhaps some surprises!
7pm Tickets - £5 (or FREE if you’ve attended any of their other events this week!)

Special Event
Saturday August 24th 2014 - Martin Daws

Performance poet and Young People’s Poet Laureate for Wales, Martin Daws will perform alongside Sarah Mumford (Contemporary Dance), Huw V Williams (Double Bass) and Flautist Greg Sterland. Martin has a rare ability to improvise poetry and collaborate with jazz musicians. A fun poetry, rap, jazz and dance evening.
Event starts 6.30pm.
Tickets £14.50 to include a Summer Buffet.

Exhibition Unveiling
Friday 1st August 2014 - John Uzzell Edwards

John Uzzell Edwards has always painted, and his canvas has always been Wales. His early work in the ‘60s depicted the dereliction that was overtaking Merthyr and the Rhymney Valley, where he was born, the ruined chapels, abandoned buildings and fast-closing mines.
6pm - 8pm. 
Exhibition will be on display all month

Artist In Residence
September 2014 Peter John Jones

The exhibition will be aseries of paintings portraying the artist’s response to the writing of Dylan Thomas.
Exhibition Unveiling - Sunday 31st August 2014 6pm - 8pm

Special Event - “Only Words” An Evening With Mererid Hopwood
Friday September 26th 2014

Mererid Hopwood lives in Carmarthen. Having studied in Aberystwyth, Salamanca, Freiburg and London, she joined the teaching staff at the German Department in the University of Swansea. She is now senior lecturer in University of Wales, Trinity St David. Her main interest lies in the arts and in literature in particular. She has won the Chair and Crown for poetry and the Literature Medal at the National Eisteddfod.
Event starts at 6.45pm
Tickets - £12.50 to include a light supper.

Special Event - Catching Dylan by the Tail: A Biographical Excursion
Monday October 27th 2014 - Andrew Lycett

In 2003, on the 50th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’s death, acclaimed biographer Andrew Lycett published a new life of the poet which managed to uncover new material about the man, his poetry, and his relationships with his family,friends and the wider world.
Event starts at 6.45pm
Tickets - £12.50 to include a light supper.

Exhibition Unveiling- Gareth H.Davies
Saturday October 4th 2014

The body of work is a response to 'Poem in October'which Dylan Thomas wrote on 27th October on his 30th birthday, and which charts his physical and philosophical journey around St John's Hill.
10am - 11am
Exhibition will be on display all month

Exhibition - Anthony Richards
Sunday 2nd November 2014

Dylan wrote many references to the wildlife around him at Laugharne. Here's just a random jumble of them.
10am - 11am
Exhibition will be on display all month

Thanks To

  • National Library of Wales
  • Emily Hinshelwood
  • Pablo Janzcur
  • Hannah Ellis
  • James Gibbin
  • Hywel & Susan Richards

Carmarthenshire County Council

  • Cllr Meryl Gravell
  • All the staff at the Dylan Thomas Boathouse
  • Communications Team
  • Andrew D.Russ
  • Andrew R Rees
  • Andrew Elkin
  • Ann Dorsett

CLH Trailers

  • Chris Hussell
  • Andrew Noblett

Castell Howell Foods Ltd

  • Brian Jones
  • Kathryn Jones

Medway Builders

  • Geraint Davies
  • Eiros Davies
  • Mark Davies
  • Eirian James

Days Motor Group Swansea

  • Mike McCarry


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