Blogging the Dylan Thomas centenary

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Wales marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2014.

The celebration of Wales’ literary poster boy kicks off on October 27 (his birthday) this year with the annual Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea.

An exhibition of new work by the artist Peter Blake, inspired by Under Milk Wood, opens at the National Museum Cardiff on November 23.

Events then run through to November 2014 with a host of performances and exhibitions across Wales under the artistic direction of Hannah Ellis, Dylan’s granddaughter.

Thomas is most closely associated with Swansea (his birthplace) and Laugharne [his first Laugharne home pictured above].

He lived in the latter in West Wales during his golden period before his death on an American reading tour in 1953.

But his mark across Wales is far greater.

From physical locations, such as the old family home in Newquay to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, where a new archive is based, and Bangor University, where one of the festival’s major musical events will be staged.

I’ll be following the journey this autumn and guest blogging along the way for the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival website.

Read my first guest blog, The Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk.

* Update: now also published:

A Visit to the Apple House

Sir Peter Blake

Time Passes and Under Milk Wood

Return Journey

Mumbles and Gower

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