Monday 27th 2014 is Dylan Thomas' 100th Birthday. Swansea is already buzzing with the sound of appreciation, for the celebration of our well loved poet from Cwmdonkin, Swansea. The city has been celebrating his centenary all year but this week is special as it marks the pinnacle of the centenary, the exact moment of birth and this will be marked by Dylan Thomas Festival (27 Oct to 9 Nov). What's happening exactly at this festival during birthday week I hear you ask?
So on the Monday, the festival kicks off with a launch of the new exhibition 'Love the Words'. Access to the exhibition is improved, artefacts are digitised with new information telling their stories and histories. The permanent exhibition area is refurbished and a new learning space and temporary exhibition room has been created. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
On Tuesday (28 Oct) it's DYLAN's BIG BIRTHDAY BASH! 10-4pm. The winning design for Dylan's 100th Birthday Cake competition will be unveiled on this night. On Wednesday is Bob Kingdom's 'Return Journey' (29th, 7.30pm) a spell-binding one-man play, originally directed by Anthony Hopkins and a BBC Play of the Week.
Thursday 30 will see John Goodby reading his new edition of Dylan Thomas' Collected Poems. at 7.30pm. It's the first edition of the Collected Poems since 1988 and unlike any edition since 1971, it includes poems from the Notebooks, Dylan's letters, uncollected journal poems and short stories.
'Happy Birthday Dylan: Drop-in Family Activities' is on Friday 31 October from 10-4pm. You can explore the new learning space with self-led children's play, poetry and arts activities in celebration of Dylan Thomas' 100th Birthday.
The festival doesn't end there nor the exhibitions, the festival goes on until 9 November and includes a poetry workshop for children, a discussion of a new biograhy about Dylan's first serious girlfriend Pamela Hansford Johnson; a burlesque night 'Wordy Shapes of Women' and more!
For more information about the festival and upcoming events please visit the Dylan Thomas website: www.dylanthomas.com