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Hashtag Dylan Thomas: Under Milk Wood in 28 tweets

Laura Chamberlain

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This Thursday, 4 October, marks National Poetry Day in the UK. To celebrate the annual event, one of the most well-known works by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas will be performed in a new, very abridged version - thanks to the medium of Twitter.

Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood will reach a new audience on Thursday as the story will be tweeted, through just 28 tweets, across the day.

Swansea City Council are behind the idea, which will include tweets from seven of the best-loved characters from the play.

Anyone who wants to follow the play as it unfolds on the social networking site should follow the Dylan Thomas Centre - @DTCSwansea - and use the hashtag #milkwood to take part in the discussion on the day.

Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Dylan Thomas is Swansea's most famous son and his legacy across the world speaks volumes for his enduring popularity.

"Performing an abridged version of Under Milk Wood on Twitter is a fantastic idea. It will bring Dylan Thomas into the 21st century and introduce his rich collection of work to new audiences and a new generation."

Watch an archive clip from a rare recording of Under Milk Wood from 1957:

A rare recording of a 1957 broadcast of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

There will also be an event at Dylan's birthplace, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, to mark National Poetry Day. Andy Morse, together with local musicians and poets, will introduce Down Sparrow Lane by poet and musician Tony Webb and The Other Side Of The Bridge, the new work by award winning Cumbrian poet Geraldine Green.

Another event that's embracing social media is being planned by Literature Wales.

They've challenged four Welsh poets, Iwan Rhys, Eurig Salisbury, Osian Rhys Jones and Hywel Griffiths, to create 100 poems in the space of 24 hours to mark National Poetry Day.

The poets will compose poems from their own homes and post the pieces, all of which will be in the Welsh language, on a collaborative blog, her100cerdd.co.uk.

The public can get involved by sending themes, title suggestions and encouragement on Twitter, @LlenCymru and using the hashtag #Her100Cerdd, on Facebook or by emailing post@llenyddiaethcymru.org with the subject header Her 100 Cerdd.

Also, shoppers at John Lewis in Cardiff will able to experience a little poetry on the day. The store has commissioned up-and-coming Welsh poet Rhian Edwards to lead a series of workshops encouraging shoppers, school pupils and students to get versed in the ways of poetry.

For more information and the latest news on what's taking place in Wales see the National Poetry Day website.

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