We are lucky in Wales to have so many great poets and authors, past and present – here is a list of just a few:

Roald Dahl

Internationally renowned children’s book writer Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff in 1916 to Norwegian parents. His famous works include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and Matilda which have since been made into feature length movies and watched by millions across the world.

Farmer Rachel reading Matilda during Clydey Children’s Club

Today, to honour his successes we hold an annual Roald Dahl birthday party for children at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff. In 2016, to mark the 100th anniversary, Cardiff was be transformed into the ‘City of the Unexpected’ following a variety of events and celebrations throughout the summer.

[Video provided by National Theatre Wales, who led the performances with the Wales Millennium Centre]

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas is one of our most well known and most brilliant writers. He celebrated Wales in both his work and his life and has left behind some of the best-known poems of the 20th century, including Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night and the play for voices Under Milk Wood.

Dylan Thomas was born and raised in Swansea, which is now home to the Dylan Thomas Centre, a focal point for studies and events based around the life and work of the poet himself. The Centre has a permanent exhibition on Dylan Thomas and his life and hosts the annual Dylan Thomas Festival during October and November.

Today the Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded every two years to recognise the best published writer in English aged 39 or under from anywhere in the world. Dylan’s Day is also firmly established in the calendar on 14 May; a great time to remember his works and perhaps inspire future generations to take up poetry.

Dylan Thomas' Boat House - where he wrote "Under Milk Wood"

Dylan Thomas’ Boat House – where he wrote “Under Milk Wood”

See more prolific Welsh writers via this link :- http://www.wales.com/writers