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Dylan Thomas image'Rediscovering Dylan' is part of the UK’s first national festival of the humanities, Being Human.  The festival will engage people across the UK with innovative research.

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, the 'Being Human' festival will draw together a programme of activities to inform, extend, and ignite our contemporary thinking and imagination.

Below you will find the programme of events organsed by Swansea University's Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH).  All events are free to attend, although tickets will need to be reserved for events at the Taliesin Arts Centre.

Read the blog by RIAH's Deputy Director, Dr Elaine Canning: 


17 November 2014 at 4 pm

'Fersiwn arall o Under Milk Wood' (Another version of Under Milk Wood)

Public seminar by Welsh poet and dramatist, T. James Jones (simultaneous translation provided).

Council Chamber, The Abbey, Swansea University.

17 November 2014 at 6.30 pm

'Curse, bless, me now':  Dylan Thomas and Saunders Lewis

Public lecture by Professor Tudur Hallam (Swansea University).

Reception from 6 pm, lecture starts at 6.30 pm.

Wallace Lecture Theatre, Swansea University.

18 November 2014 at 4.30 pm

Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive

- a play by Liz Wride.

Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive  is a comic take on this year's Dylan Thomas celebrations. Set in the here and now, Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive tells the story of the unfortunately named Thomas Dylan, whose 18th birthday falls on the same day as the Dylan Thomas centenary. His parents are lifelong fans of the great Swansea poet and young Tom's big fear is that the Dylan Thomas celebrations will cause his own coming of age to be forgotten. But he has reckoned without the power of poetry!

The performance will be directed by Swansea University's Director of Studies in Creative Writing, D.J. Britton and will feature the original cast from the Welsh Fargo Theatre Company, with Lynn Hunter, Anthony Leader, Sam Harding, Charlotte Griffiths and Christopher Morgan.

Start 4.30 pm, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University.

This event is free, but tickets should be booked at

The play will also be performed at Dylan Thomas Birthplace on 19 November (BY INVITATION ONLY).

18 November 2014 at 6.30 pm

Inaugural Lecture: ‘“Clap its great blood down”:  editing The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas:  A New Centenary Edition’

Public lecture and book launch by Professor John Goodby (Swansea University)

Reception from 6 pm, lecture begins at 6.30 pm.

Wallace Lecture Theatre, Swansea University.

20 November 2014 at 7.30 pm

Dylan Live is a bilingual performance tracing Dylan Thomas’ trips to New York through jazz, beat poetry, hip-hop, spoken word and film. Dylan Thomas visited and stayed in New York City on four occasions between 1950 and 1953. The show explores the time when New York was witnessing a revolution in music and words, with artists such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and others forging new styles. In 1952 Dylan Thomas was the first poet to record his poetry onto vinyl, which was released in America by Caedmon Records.

Performers include Daniel Williams, Martin Daws, Zaru Jonson, Aneirin Karadog, Ed Holden, Huw V Williams and film by Ewan Jones Morris.

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University.

This is event is free but tickets should be booked at