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This writing pack is brought to you by Ministry of Stories and BBC History to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ poetic radio play, Under Milk Wood.

Dylan Thomas was already working on ideas for the play when he was 17 and still at school. At 19, he won a BBC poetry competition. He would later work as a BBC radio broadcaster.

Our young writers (aged 10-13) wrote their own version of Under Milk Wood, based between Bethnal Green and Mile End in London. They called it Round About Candle Street.

This pack is for teachers and youth workers, to help you use Under Milk Wood and Round About Candle Street to inspire poems and character pieces that explore your local neighbourhood. By writing imaginatively about a place, we bring that place into literature and gain a personal experience of how writers explore the places around them.

Download the resource here