"My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out" - Dylan Thomas
The International Dylan Thomas Prize has worked extensively over many years with school, college and university students. The DylanED Programme was established to ensure the development of this aspect of the Prize and to work alongside the talented writers of Swansea and Wales.
Creativity and imagination know no boundaries. DylanED is all about introducing young people to the world of literature and encouraging them to develop their own creative writing skills. We work with local authorities, our sponsors, schools, colleges, and broadcasters to ensure that young writers and students throughout Wales see the International Dylan Thomas Prize as something of which they are a part. The Prize brings young writers from all around the world to Wales and the UK. It encourages them to give classes, readings, workshops and to work with young people. Organised alongside Swansea University’s own programme of engagement with local schools, DylanED is a major source of inspiration for the talented young of our region.
In association with the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize, local schools, colleges and youth groups were invited to review books from the 2017 shortlisted books for the 2017 DylanED book review competition.
On Wednesday 10 May, at an event hosted by the City and County of Swansea at The Guildhall, Swansea, the winners were announced. The winners Jacob Lane, Emily Reed and Willow Hovvels, are pictured here with all six shorlisted authors, Hannah Ellis, Prof Dai Smith CBE and Swansea's Lord Mayor.
2013 Shortlisted poets, James Brookes and Jemma King deliver a creative writing workshop at Swansea University
Primary school children aged 8-11 years were invited to participate in a DylanED competition to celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day. Entries could include drawings, poems, short stories, models – anything creative inspired by Dylan Thomas!
The winning entry of the DylanED 'How Dylan Inspires Me' competition came from Dylan Price (aged 10) of Danygraig Primary School. Dylan's drawing was inspired by Dylan Thomas' poem, 'The Hunchback in the Park'.
Dr Alan Bilton with 2013 shortlisted author Prajwal Parajuly and Swansea University creative writing students