Crowds from across the globe expected to celebrate Dylan Thomas
THIS year's Dylan Thomas Festival is expected to attract visitors from across the world.
People from Australia, Japan and the USA are among those to have booked tickets for festival events, which begin in two weeks time.
The event, the 16th of its kind, is being launched by children's author Roger McGough (right), who will read from his new collection of poetry, and also features a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
It has been organised by Swansea Council.
Cabinet member for regeneration Nick Bradley said: "This year's Dylan Thomas Festival will be especially poignant as we count down the days until 2014 — a year that marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.
"We're working closely alongside the Welsh Government and a number of other partners on a fantastic programme of events to mark 2014 but the forthcoming Dylan Thomas Festival will be a terrific appetiser.
"From renowned football journalists and TV professionals to acclaimed poets and leading musicians, there'll be something for everyone to enjoy. Attracting visitors from as far afield as Australia, the USA and Japan shows it's not just the Swans putting our city on the map across the world.
"We hope events of this nature will help cement our status as a leading city of culture at a time when we're doing battle with Dundee, Hull and Leicester to become UK City of Culture 2017."
Also on the programme is a new centenary commission from Welsh poet Gillian Clarke, as well as an evening based on hit Danish TV programme, The Killing, featuring David Hewson, who adapted series one and two as novels, and Emma Kennedy, author of The Killing Handbook.
Football journalists from The Guardian will also be recording their football weekly podcast about the much anticipated South Wales football derby.
And the festival goes on the road with an evening of readings from Dylan's work in his old local, The Uplands Tavern, while the Fluellen Theatre Company will provide preview and discussion of their new production of Rebecca's Daughters.