"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.

Shortlisted poets

Shortlisted poets, James Brookes and Jemma King deliver a creative writing workshop at Swansea University

Dr Alan Bilton

Dr Alan Bilton with shortlisted author Prajwal Parajuly and Swansea University creative writing students

Shortlisted author Marli Roode

Shortlisted author Marli Roode with winner Claire Vaye Watkins and creative writing students

Doctor Alan Bilton

Left to right, Dr Alan Bilton, with shortlisted authors, Tim Leach, Majok Tulba, Prajwal Parajuly and Marli Roode