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Welsh Government planned a wide and varied Education programme associated with Dylan Thomas 100 and the “Developing Dylan” initiative was delivered by, and in partnership with, Literature Wales.

Part of the official Dylan Thomas 100 Festival celebrations and supported by the Department for Education and Skills, Developing Dylan used the magic of Dylan Thomas’ words to inspire the young people of Wales. As well as encouraging confidence in reading and writing, Developing Dylan motivated a new generation to appreciate and interpret Dylan Thomas’ work in new and innovative ways, whether that was through rap, film, poetry or even social media. The project ran from October 2013 and lots of young people took part.

Through creative workshops, a prestigious international competition, an online epic event and a live lyrical show, Literature Wales brought the magic of Dylan Thomas’ words to the children and young people of Wales and beyond.

Read more about the Developing Dylan initiative.

This web-platform is an educational resource that includes specific text related lessons and a wealth of resources that can and should be adapted by pupils, teachers and anyone interested in knowing more about one of Wales’s most famous literary figures – Dylan Thomas.

It serves as a legacy for the centenary celebrations of his birth in Swansea (1914 – 2014). The site, although live, will be added to and adapted over the coming months and we invite you the user to send comments, ideas and suitable content to this e-mail address:

Enjoy, the work, the life, the legacy of Dylan Thomas who once said about himself “[I’m]a freak user of words, not a poet” and “My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.”

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This was an innovative project to create poems and films that commemorate the life of Dylan Thomas.

To commemorate the life of Dylan Thomas, Year 5 and 6 pupils from Ysgol Talacharn, Laugharne, Ysgol Griffith Jones, St Clears, and Ysgol Llys Hywel, Whitland, took part in an imaginative literacy project to create short multimedia films.

The engaging films — which feature photographs, paintings, animation and poetry — the engaging films can be viewed on Cadw’s YouTube channel.

The aims of the project were to inspire pupils to engage enthusiastically with language, with the castle and their own local history.

The children used Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas’s Poem in October and the ‘Birthday Walk’ at Laugharne as sources of inspiration.


To enable other schools to undertake similar work, a learning resource pack consisting of three lessons and supporting materials is available to download here.

Although the resources are based on Laugharne Castle, they can be adapted to develop literacy at any of our sites.