Dylan Thomas 100
Wales’ best known poet and playwright, Dylan Thomas, was born in Swansea in 1914 and Wales has begun a year-long festival to mark the centenary. For Dylan Thomas 100, theatre performances, television, radio, film, comedy, music and exhibitions are being held across Wales, as well as there being a range of new internet-based initiatives.
Last Sunday I enjoyed Sir Peter Blake’s illustrations of Under Milk Wood at the National Museum of Wales. This major body of work is the culmination of a 25-year project by the artist and is shown for the very first time. The exhibition includes portraits of each of the characters in the cast, watercolours of the dream sequences and collages and paintings of scenes and locations in the fictional village of Llareggub. The main focus of the year’s events will of course be Swansea and Laugharne in Carmarthenshire where he wrote his later works.
The Dylan Thomas Festival is an annual event that takes place in Swansea each autumn, but in 2014 there’s a year long Swansea Festival of Music and Art which incorporates special events celebrating the poet’s work. The BBC is hosting a Dylan Thomas season on TV and radio during March and April and there’ll be a series of literary public tours in Wales and the US. A source of inspiration for all and a great showcase to the world of one of the 20th century’s literary giants.