"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.
Pictured here are the 2018 book review competition winners: Georgia Fearn (Gower College); Nina Peric (Bishopston Comprehensive) Polly Manning (Swansea University); Maddy Davies (Ysgol Y Preseli); Bethan David (Bryn Tawe); with Swansea's Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and Hannah Ellis.
Workshops were held at local schools as part of the DylanED ‘Holiday Memories’ 2018 primary school competition (pictured are activities at Gors and Waunarlwydd Primary Schools).
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. 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.
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'.