The Dylan Thomas Festival
The festival takes place each year from 27 October - 9 November at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.
This year's festival will be especially exciting as we lead up to Dylan Thomas' centenary in 2014. The programme's lively mix of poetry, prose, drama and music will showcase new and established talent, and offer plenty to enjoy for those of all ages.
With the Dylan Thomas Centre as its hub, festival highlights will include the launch a new centenary commission from Gillian Clarke, and day packed with talks, events, special guests, workshops and Daleks to celebrate Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary.
We'll present an evening on the fantastically popular Danish drama, The Killing, featuring two of the biggest names writing about it: 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.
Fluellen Theatre Co will offer a preview and discussion of their new production of Dylan's Rebecca's Daughters and there will be a special evening of readings from Dylan's work in his old local, The Uplands Tavern.
More about Doctor Who Day
In 1963, a teatime programme for families created by a team of youthful and untested writers, directors, and designers at BBC Lime Grove studios debuted on Britain's TV screens. Fifty years later, Doctor Who is not only still on TV, but has become a beloved cultural icon, demonstrating a particular kind of very British science fiction.
In 2004, Doctor Who took on a new, proudly Welsh dimension when it began to be produced at the Upper Boat Studios in Cardiff, and much content was filmed in Swansea. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, experts and aficionados of the series will be on hand to discuss its history and its future, with a children's art workshop, a writers' panel, and a visit from the Daleks.