Year-long Wales festival celebrates Dylan Thomas centenary

Date Posted: 21/09/2013

Visit Wales has announced a series of festivals, special events, guided tours and themed walks as part of the 2014 centenary celebrations marking the birth of infamous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Dylan Thomas 100 or DT100 will be a year-long festival, running from October 2013 to November 2014, with a focus on the settings that inspired Dylan the most - from his birthplace in Swansea to Laugharne’s shores and the Ceredigion countryside.

New productions of some of Dylan’s greatest works including Under Milk Wood will be presented, including a Wales-wide theatre tour of A Child’s Christmas.

Dylan-themed guided tours from Literature Wales

Literature Wales will be hosting a range of half and full day tours in Wales from May to October 2014, with special events also taking place in Oxford and London.

Highlights include an after-hours walk around the National Museum in Cardiff in June, focussing on Dylan’s interest in Surrealism; while in October a Pop-up Dylan Thomas 100 Festival comes to London, featuring walks with celebrity fans including Griff Rhys Jones, exploring the poet’s connections with Soho and Fitzrovia.

Further details and prices will be announced later this year.

Themed trails explore Dylan’s inspiration

The Dylan Thomas Trail, Laugharne; The Birthday Walk; and Beaches and Pubs - the New Quay Trail are themed routes enabling groups to embark on a self-guided tour exploring key landscapes which inspired Dylan.

The Dylan Thomas Trail, Laugharne is a 22-point walk of this beautiful Carmarthenshire town, taking in the region that inspired Dylan’s later works; while the Birthday Walk leads groups from Laugharne over St Johns Hill capturing the essence of Dylan’s work Poem in October.

School trip organisers can find up-to-date information on Dylan Thomas 100 via the official website.

For more school trip information visit www.dylanthomas100.org.

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