In collaboration with The Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the Universities of Aberystwyth and Bangor (IMEMS), the Library will be hosting an exhibition showcasing one of the National Library’s greatest treasures: the Hengwrt manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, believed by some to be the earliest extant text of this literary masterpiece.
As part of DylanThomas100, the year-long celebration of the birth of Dylan Thomas, the Library will stage a major multi-media exhibition in conjunction with a series of newly commissioned showcase events.
The exhibition will run across several of the Library’s gallery spaces and will provide a unique opportunity to celebrate the life and work of this iconic Welsh literary figure. Visitors will experience an extraordinary insight into Dylan's world of poetry, stories, plays and extensive musings, guided by Dylan himself. This multimedia exhibition will include never before exhibited manuscripts from the Library’s collection, as well as items on loan from the United States, and interactive experiences for all ages.
Throughout the year, partnerships with the dancer Eddie Ladd; Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch; the poet Damien Walford Davies and visual artists Pete Finnemore and Russell Roberts, will give a fresh perspective on Dylan’s prose and poetry, on the Laugharne Boathouse and Caitlin Thomas.
A public symposium, held at the Library on 5-6 December 2014, will be a fitting finale to our year-long activities and will include a showing of Andrew Sinclair’s 1972 film adaption of Under Milk Wood and an interview between the director and Damian Walford Davies, as well as a number of guest speakers lecturing on a range of topics themed around the study of Dylan Thomas and his work.