Dylan Thomas International Summer School


Students from far and wide chose to visit our Lampeter campus for a 10-day writing workshop, benefitting from the campus’s tranquil and stunning setting to experience an alternative way of writing. 

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manuscriptFocussing on Lampeter’s stunning location within rural west-Wales, the theme of the week was “the spirit of the place”. Lampeter was a perfect location for the students to visit the beautiful Welsh countryside – from the sea to the mountains, as well as to castles, cromlechs and cathedrals – to inspire these creative writing students. 

Writing workshops, masterclasses and lectures have taken place across the 10 days under the guidance and support of the internationally famous Welsh language writer and UWTSD Professor, Menna Elfyn, and acclaimed travel writer and MA graduate from Lampeter, Pamela Petro. 

The summer school students were lucky enough to delve into the medieval manuscripts in the Founders Library on the Lampeter campus and visit surrounding rural Wales including Gregynog, Snowdonia, and Dylan Thomas’ old boathouse. These visits alongside the workshops gave the students the opportunity for quiet reflection and considered discussion and debate. 

Mariya Taher, student from Lesley University Massachusetts, US attended the summer school where she explored and reflected on her creative writing. Mariya’s views on creative writing and the Dylan Thomas International Summer School were published on Wales’ leading literary journal, New Welsh Review. To read, please click on the link below: 


The summer school was a great success, showing that Wales has a “spirit” that can inspire and influence individuals. ‌

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