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Dylan birthday means free fun for families

POETRY activities, themed crafts and cake will be among the fun at a family-friendly birthday bash for Swansea's most famous son.


To mark what would've been Dylan Thomas's 104th birthday, an afternoon of free, tutor-led activities has been organised for the city's Dylan Thomas Exhibition from 1-4pm on Monday, October 29.

Born in 1914, Swansea-born and raised Dylan is widely regarded as the one of the world's all-time most influential wordsmiths. His millions of fans include former American Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Carter opened Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre in 1995.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "Our celebration of Dylan's life and legacy plays a key role in Swansea's rich cultural offer.

"Dylan continues to put Swansea on the map across the world. He was proud of his local links and often drew on local landmarks and people to inspire his work.

"It's important we continue to celebrate our links with him; we want to inspire people across the city and beyond to make reading, literature and creativity a part of their everyday lives.

"The activities taking place on what would have been Dylan's 104th birthday are an example of all the work we do throughout the year to share his brilliance with people of all ages and backgrounds."

The Dylan Thomas Exhibition includes an interactive 3D timeline exploring Dylan's life and work, audio recordings of his work, and a deconstructed shed installation that focuses on Dylan the writer by exploring his methods of composition and his creative relationships.

Based in Swansea's Maritime Quarter, the exhibition and the associated Dylan Thomas programme was named Best Family Friendly Venue in the UK 2018 in the Fantastic for Families Awards.

Dylan's Birthday Bash celebrations will mark the beginning of Swansea Council's extensive half-term activity programme at the Dylan Thomas Centre.

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Photo Action from Dylan Thomas Centre activity during previous Dylan birthday celebrations.

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