Welcome to the Dylan Thomas Centre’s Festival Website for 2003.

The Dylan Thomas Festival is held annually between Thomas’ birth date, 27 October, and his death date, 9 November, in his home town of Swansea.

2003 was the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Dylan Thomas; this site is an archive of articles relating to the year and details of the many events that were held all over the world.

The Dylan Thomas Centre,
Somerset Place, Swansea SA1 1RR
Tel: 01792 463980
Fax: 01792 463993

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DYLAN THOMAS IS DEAD!

Swansea Poet Dies Suddenly In America

Yesterday on November 9th the famous poet Dylan Thomas, died in St. Vincents hospital, New York.
Mystery surrounds his death, with many speculating that it involved a drink induced coma.
His death will be particularly shocking to the arts community as he was only 39 and was transforming the popularity of poetry and prose through his exciting
personal readings and recitals which have held students and academics spellbound in the USA.
While it is not for me to comment on the quality of his work, I do know from admirers I have spoken to, that his style though apparently obvious, was in fact revolutionary.
Only time will tell where Dylan Marlais Thomas will be placed in the pantheon of great writers.....

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....And so, we now have a good idea, where, nearly 50 years after his death, Dylan Thomas is in the ‘pantheon of great writers.’- with those few, at the very, very,top.

This website was created in order to keep the world appraised of what will be happening in 2003 to celebrate the death of Dylan Marlais Thomas, born 27th Oct 1914. If invited anyone who was celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dylan's death to let the creators of the website and the world know. If you had been planning to visit Wales, this website would you plan around the numerous activities and events that were planned..

 

Weekend Tours for 2003

Guided Tours for Operators

 

To celebrate Dylan's year, the Dylan Thomas Centre are running a series of weekendtours, between the months of July and August, to No.5 Cwmdonkin Drive, the Uplands Walkand the City Centre Walk, also guided trips to Laugharne.  These tours will run everyweekend from Saturday 5 July to Sunday 31 August.

5, CWMDONKIN DRIVE

Saturdays & Sundays, 10am - 4pm

Call in for a guided tour of Dylan Thomas’ birthplace. The house was brand newwhen the Thomases moved in a few months before Dylan was born in the upstairs frontbedroom on 27th October 1914. The house has retained many of its original features, so youcan still see the original fireplace around which Dylan’s aunts and uncles sat in AChild’s Christmas in Wales, and breathe in the atmosphere of his father D.J.’s"brown study" where Dylan’s love of words was first encouraged. The view ofSwansea Bay and Mumbles Lighthouse from Dylan’s bedroom at the back of the house,where he wrote his notebook poems, is as inspiring today as it was to the young writer inthe 1920s and 1930s.

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CITY CENTRE WALK

Saturdays, from 2pm - 3.30pm

As Dylan Thomas wrote to an old friend, "Swansea is still the best place".This guided walk will explore many of his places in the centre of Swansea, starting in theMaritime Cultural Quarter of the city. As you walk, you will be entertained by extractsfrom Dylan’s work, and anecdotes from his life. As well as places directly associatedwith Dylan, the tour will give you a flavour of Swansea’s vibrant city centre, andpoint out other significant cultural and historical landmarks. The walk finishes at theDylan Thomas Centre, so allow time for a well-earned pint of Dylan’s ale, and abrowse in the Café-Bookshop!

Time – approx. 90 minutes

Route - Dylan Thomas Centre, Wind Street, Salubrious Passage (No Sign Bar), CastleSquare, Oxford Street, Swansea Market, St. Marys Church (Cross Keys), Swansea Museum,Dylan Thomas Square, Captain Cat (Queens Hotel), Dylan Thomas Centre

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STREET ENTERTAINMENT

Saturday afternoons

Visit Swansea’s lively city centre and see Dylan Thomas’ work brought alivein the open air. There will be tableaux of characters from Under Milk Wood, and actorsperforming extracts from his poetry and prose, at different areas around the city centre.

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CWMDONKIN WALK

Sundays, from 10am

Dylan Thomas was born, and spent the first, formative twenty years of his life, in theUplands. The tour will lead you through Dylan’s places in the area, including thehouse in which he was born and wrote his early work. You will see the Uplands Tavern,fundamental to his daily "provincial rhythm", and pass the site of the Uplandscinema and the BBC recording studios, before entering Cwmdonkin Park, immortalised in hiswritings. On your journey, you will hear readings from works inspired by his childhood,which will help you visualise the little boy who used to "Fight in thebandstands" and "Play on the green bank" in the Park.

Time - approx. 90 minutes.

Route – No. 5, Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands Tavern, South Park Entrance, Park shelter,Top park entrance, Water fountain, Bowls pavilion, Memorial stone

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GUIDED TRIPS TO LAUGHARNE

Sundays, leaving at 2pm

Along with Swansea, Laugharne is the other most influential place in Dylan’s lifeand work. On this driven tour, you will enjoy a performance of extracts from Dylan’swork on the journey, such as the marvellous short story, ‘The Outing’. When youreach Laugharne, "This timeless, beautiful, barmy (both spellings) town…",the tour follows in Dylan’s footsteps along Castle walk, to his Writing Shed. Alittle further on is the Boathouse, with its inspiring estuary views. Afterwards, enjoy adrink in Dylan’s local, Brown’s Hotel, before visiting the Graveyard where Dylanand his wife Caitlin’s grave is marked by a simple white cross.

Time - 2pm til 6pm

Route - Dylan Thomas Centre, Laugharne – Car Park, Castle walk, Writing shed,Boathouse, Browns Hotel, Graveyard

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FILM SHOWS AT DYLAN THOMAS CENTRE

Sundays, 2pm and 3pm

The Dylan Thomas Centre will show a variety of Dylan-related films and documentariesevery Sunday afternoon. Why not have Sunday lunch in the Centre’s award-winningrestaurant first, before enjoying the film show?

There will be 2 showings, each lasting 50 mins

 

(Just Some of the) All Year Dylan Thomas Festival Events 2003

 

The West Wales Dylan Thomas trail -a self guided walk that starts from the TIC in Aberaeron and continues along the cliffs to New Quay. Full details in The Dylan Thomas Trail, available from bookshops and TICs

Venue: Aberaeron-New Quay SA45 9QB

Box Office: 01545 561460

Area: Mid & North Wales

All Year

Dylan's New Quay - a self guided walk around the town and beaches, taking in all the places associated with Dylan and Under Milk Wood. Leaflets from TICs, pubs and shops

Venue: New Quay SA45 9QB

Box Office: 01545 561460

Area: Mid & North Wales

 

01 January - 02 February

Exhibition - 'Dylan and the Photographers'

Venue: Dylan Thomas Centre SA1 1RR

Box Office: 01792 463980

Area: South West Wales

 

01 January

Winter tour of "A Child's Christmas in Wales"

Venue: Halliwell Theatre, Trinity College, Carmarthen SA31 3EP

Box Office: Tickets sold on the door

Area: South West Wales

 

11 January - 08 February

'The Great, the good and the Dead' -an exhibition of Bernard Mitchell's photographs

Venue: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea SA2 8PP

Box Office: 01792 296883

Area: South West Wales

 

11 January

Winter tour of "A Child's Christmas in Wales"

Venue: Queen's Hall, Narberth, Pembroke

Box Office: 01834 861212

Area: South West Wales

 

16 January

Dr. Richard Chamberlain gives a talk on Dylan

Venue: 5 Cwmdonkin Drive SA2 0RA

Box Office: 01792 463980

Area: South West Wales

 

18 January

Winter tour of "A Child's Christmas in Wales"

Venue: Taliesin Theatre, University of Swansea SA2 8PP

Website: www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk

Box Office: 01792 296883

Area: South West Wales

 

24 January - 27 April

Real/Surreal: Photographs by Lee Miller

Venue: Whitworth Art Gallery M15 6ER

Box Office: 0161 275 7450

Area: England

 

25 January

Winter tour of "A Child's Christmas in Wales"

Venue: Laugharne Millenium Memorial Hall, Carmarthenshire

Box Office: 01994 427444

Area: South West Wales

 

28 January 4.00pm

CREW presents a talk by Dr Daniel Williams: 'Wales-Bird': Dylan Thomas, Jazz and American Poetry

Venue: Room 220, Keir Hardie Building, University of Wales, Swansea SA2 8PP

Box Office: 01792 205678

Area: South West Wales

 

31 January

Launch of 'Dylan the Actor' Exhibition, which recounts Dylan's membership of the Swansea Little Theatre and its relevance to his later work

Venue: Dylan Thomas Theatre SA1 1TY

Box Office: 01792 473238

Area: South West Wales

 

04 February - 04March

'Rites of Passage' - an exhibition of work by Swansea artist Ceri Thomas

Venue: Dylan Thomas Centre SA1 1RR

Box Office: 01792 463980

Area: South West Wales

 

11-22 February

'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog' - a theatrical journey through the prose writings of Dylan Thomas

Venue: Theatr Clwyd Cymru CH7 1YA

Box Office: 0845 330 3565

Area: Mid & North Wales

 

13-15 February

'Caitlin' - a one woman show with Swansea actress Helen Griffin taking the part of Caitlin Thomas. Soon totour the USA with possible venues including the White Horse Tavern, New York

Venue: Sherman Theatre Cardiff CF24 4YE

Box Office: 02920 646909

Area: South East Wales

 

18-23 February February

Production of Noel Coward’s Hay Fever Dylan starred in a production of this play which opened on 18 February 1932.

Venue: Dylan Thomas Theatre SA1 1TY

Box Office: 01792 473238

Area: South West Wales

 

18 February - 02 March

Guy Masterson - 'Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas'

Venue: Circa Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand

Box Office: +64 8017992

Area: New Zealand

 

19 February

'Dylan 50 - The Visitors': Canadian writer, director and actor Larry Tremblay visits Swansea to perform some of his poems andstories

Venue: Dylan Thomas Centre SA1 1RR

Box Office: 01792 463980 Event No. 190201DTC

Area: South West Wales

 

20 February

Mererid Hopwood gives a talk on Dylan Thomas

Venue: 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea SA2 0RA

Box Office: 01792 463980 Event No. 200201CWM

Area: South West Wales

 

22-25 February

Performances of Under Milk Wood/Over Builth Bridge by Builth Wells Community Arts

Venue: Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells LD2 3BN

Box Office: 01982 552555

Area: South East Wales

 

27 February - 8 March

Cwmni/Theatr Gwynedd will be staging Dan Y Wenallt, the Welsh translation of Under Milk Wood

Venue: Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor LL57 2TL

Box Office: 01248 351708

Area: Mid & North Wales

 

27 February

'Dylan 50 - The Poets': Gorseinon-born J C Evans launches Paper Songs, his fourth collection of poems

Venue: Dylan Thomas Centre SA1 1RR

Box Office: 01792 463980 Event No. 270201DTC

Area: South West Wales

 

27 - 28 February

Bob Kingdom as Dylan Thomas in Return Journey. Tickets are £15 with proceeds to a local charity

Venue: Lisvane Memorial Hall, Cardiff CF14 0SQ

Box Office: 02920 759854 07721 834 165

Area: South East Wales

 

March - 27 April

Real/Surreal: Photographs by Lee Miller

Venue: Whitworth Art Gallery M15 6ER

Box Office: 0161 275 7450

Area: England

 

01-15 March

Dylan Thomas book promotion

Venue: Stauffacher Bookshop, Berne, Switzerland

Website: www.stauffacher.ch/en/index_home.php?content=dylanthomas.inc

Box Office: See their website

Area: Switzerland

 

03 March

Guy Masterson - 'Fern Hill and Dylan Thomas'

Venue: Hawera Theatre, New Zealand

Box Office: +64 93600418

Area: New Zealand

 

04-05 March

Guy Masterson - 'Fern Hill and Dylan Thomas'

Venue: Taranaki Festival, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Box Office: +64 93600418

Area: New Zealand

 

05-30 March

Exhibition - Edward Ardizzone (1)

Venue: Dylan Thomas Centre SA1 1RR

Box Office: 01792 463980

Area: South West Wales

 

05 March

Showing of animated film of Under Milk Wood

Venue: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea SA2 8PP

Website: www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk

Box Office: 01792 296883

Area: South West Wales

 

06 March

World Book Day - joint Dylan Thomas Centre, Welsh Books Council and Swansea University event 12pm-2pm

Venue: University of Wales, Swansea SA2 8PP

Box Office: 01792 463980

Area: South West Wales

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