Press Releases 2014-2015

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David celebrates the Dylan Thomas centenary with an International Summer School


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is celebrating the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth by organising an International Summer School run by the renowned poet and Director of the University’s MA in Creative Writing, Menna Elfyn

The Summer School is a residential course based at the UWTSD campus in Lampeter that will run from Monday, May 25th to Saturday, June 7th.  Dedicated to the life and work of Dylan Thomas, the Summer School will consist of guest lectures, readings and visits to the numerous places across South West Wales associated with the poet.

The course has already seen great interest from Dylan Thomas enthusiasts of all ages from the USA, keen to learn more about a poet that fascinates so many people from across the Atlantic.

“South West Wales is synonymous with Dylan Thomas and being a University deeply rooted in the area, the idea of arranging a Summer School was an exciting way of marking the poet’s centenary,” says Menna Elfyn, organiser of the Dylan Thomas International Summer School.

“Dylan’s voice was carved by the salt-cries of wild West Wales and we are urging all Dylan Thomas enthusiasts to come and experience its splendour for themselves and to fully absorb Dylan’s world,” she continues.

But this isn’t a course just for international guests – people with an interest in Wales and its culture from areas much closer to home are also welcome to apply.

Indeed, local people are being encouraged to immerse themselves in the life and times of Dylan Thomas as evening readings and talks will also be open to the public.

Influential and distinguished Welsh poets and artists will be taking part, including the National Poet for Wales Gillian Clarke; award-winning poet, Owen Sheers; celebrated novelist, Fflur Dafydd; popular writer, Horatio Clare and prominent artist, Iwan Bala.

“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to be marking Dylan Thomas’ centenary celebrations with an International Summer School that features such high calibre guest poets and participants,” says Dr Mirjam Plantinga, Dean of Humanities at UWTSD.

“Menna Elfyn is a distinguished and internationally renowned poet whose passion for creative writing will ensure that the inaugural Dylan Thomas International Summer School is a great success,” she adds.

For further details of the Dylan Thomas International Summer School, including cost and application forms, please go to

Note to Editor

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014.

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