The Dylan Thomas Festival is an annual event held at the Dylan Thomas Centre. The exciting 2 week long festival offers a diverse range of talks, special guests and workshops for you to participate in. 2014, the centenary year of Dylan’s birth, will no doubt see an another excellent event take. We’ll publish more details of what’s in store in the near future, in the meantime you can take a look at what took place in 2013 below.
2013 Dylan Thomas Festival
The 2013 festival (the sixteenth annual Dylan Thomas Festival) was full of excitement in the lead up to Dylan Thomas’ centenary in 2014. Highlights included our launch of a centenary commission from Gillian Clarke, and a day packed with talks, special guests, workshops and Daleks as we celebrated Doctor Who’s fiftieth anniversary.
Poet, broadcaster and children’s author Roger McGough read from his new collection of poetry to launch the festival. We hosted an evening based on the popular Danish drama, The Killing, featuring crime and mystery novelist David Hewson, who has adapted series one and two as novels, and actor, writer and television presenter Emma Kennedy, author of The Killing Handbook.
Football journalists from The Guardian recorded their Football Weekly podcast looking at the South Wales Derby and the Festival went on the road with an evening of readings from Dylan’s work in his old local, The Uplands Tavern.
We joined forces with the Bluestocking Lounge to present ‘Wordy Shapes of Women’, a night where burlesque collided with Dylan’s poetry. It was with great pleasure that we welcomed our impressive range of talented guests to the 2013 Festival.
This post is also available in: Welsh