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Happy Birthday Dylan!

Exhibitions - Posted 27-10-2014

Today we celebrate Dylan Thomas’ hundredth birthday.  I wonder what kind of gifts he would’ve received today… an iPad?  An Amazon gift voucher?  Or maybe a personalized beer glass?

On his twenty-third birthday, Dylan bought himself cigarettes, beer and a bright green shirt with the birthday money sent to him from his friend Keidrych Rhys.  It’s quite probable that he had a birthday pint or two to celebrate his thirty-fifth birthday, but it was quite a different gift that Dylan decided to give to himself on that occasion – the poem ‘Poem on His Birthday’.

Dylan Thomas, 'Poem on His Birthday', © David Higham Associates

Dylan Thomas, ‘Poem on His Birthday’, © David Higham Associates

© David Highams Associates

Dylan Thomas, Rhestr o eiriau ‘Poem on His Birthday’ Word List © David Higham Associates

So how about celebrating Dylan’s birthday today by visiting the exhibition here in the Library, where you can listen to the man himself reading the poem at the Poets’ Pub.  Or take a look at the website where you can read excerpts of the poem in Dylan’s own handwriting?

However you choose to celebrate, join us by using #DylanThomas

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