Celebrations on what would have been Dylan's 99th birthday
WHILE plans are well under way for the 100th anniversary of Dylan Thomas’ birth next year, a smaller scale celebration will take place at his childhood home next weekend.
The home on Cwmdonkin Drive, in Uplands, will take a step back in time, on what would have been his 99th birthday.
Geoff Haden, who helped restore the property to period style more than five years ago, said: “When Dylan’s daughter Aeronwy open the restored house in 2008 we started the clock running again from
1914, so this year is 1919 in 5 Cwmdonkin Drive time.
“Because the Thomas family were chapel goers they would not have had a party on his actual birthday, which is Sunday, October 27, so Saturday fits in perfectly as a prelude to his centenary birthday next year.
“We’re going to have real party food as described by Aeronwy, of a party she went to in Laugharne with things like Spam sandwiches, jelly and blancmange and fizzy orange pop which I think both adults and children will enjoy at the two parties in one.”
Helping the celebrations go with a swing, will be a premiere of one of Dylan’s poems set to music.
Swansea group, Afternoon in Paris, have interpreted The Clown in the Moon to their own original gypsy style.
The poem was written by Dylan in the house when he was just 14-years-old.
Geoff Haden added: “At some stage the group will perform in the front bedroom where Dylan was born and which has become the unique starting point for anyone wishing to understand the work and life of Dylan Thomas.”
The Dylan Thomas 100 festival will see events take place across the country next year, as well as America, to mark the centenary since Dylan’s birth.
Places with a particular connection to the writer, including Laugharne and Swansea, will host events, in what is hoped will raise the profile even further for one of the UK’s greatest poets.
For more information visit: www.dt100.info
A limited number of tickets are available for next week’s celebration. Contact 01792 472555.