CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS SPARKED VISIT
MICHAEL Shaprio — author of the book A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration — explains in the Washington Post piece why he made the journey to South West Wales to visit the places that figured in Dylan Thomas's life. He said: "The nation of Wales is gearing up to celebrate the centennial of Thomas's 1914 birth, so I thought I'd explore the coastal homes where he wrote and found solace, the beaches that made his spirit soar and perhaps a favourite pub or bookstore.
"Like many readers of Thomas's often inscrutable poetry, I can't say that I fully comprehend it all.
"I'm hoping that visiting places that shaped and inspired him will give me a deeper understanding of the artist and his words."
Next year will see a major Dylan Thomas 100 Festival with events being held across Wales — and beyond.
The poet also features in Swansea Bay's bid to be UK City of Culture in 2017.