Daleks, Dylan Thomas...and great writers - the festival line-up
FAMOUS football journalists, world class novelists and Daleks from Doctor Who are among the features of this year’s Dylan Thomas Festival.
The festival, which runs from this Saturday (his birthday) to Saturday, November 9, (the date he died) is the last before celebrations across Wales next year to mark the 100th anniversary of the poet’s birth.
This year’s festival, based at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre, is expected to attract visitors from across the world and kicks-off with poet, broadcaster and children’s author Roger McGough, who will be reading from his new collection of poetry.
A Doctor Who Day is taking place on Saturday, November 2, where, to celebrate the Doctor’s 50th anniversary, programme experts will be on hand to discuss its history and future.
A children’s art workshop, writers’ panel and visit from the Daleks have also been arranged. Louise Jameson, one of the Doctor’s past companions, will be among the special guests.
The Guardian newspaper’s football weekly podcast is then taking its show on the road to the Dylan Thomas Centre on Monday, November 4. Top football journalists James Richardson and Barry Glendenning will be among the experts tackling the previous day’s match between the Swans and Cardiff City and there’ll be a chance for visitors to put questions to the panel.
Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This year’s Dylan Thomas Festival is especially exciting as we head ever closer towards the 100th anniversary of his birth next year.
“The combination of famous football journalists, world class novelists and hugely popular poets with events centred around massively popular programmes like Doctor Who and The Killing means there’ll be something for all ages and interests.
“The Dylan Thomas Festival enhances our reputation for cultural excellence at a time when Swansea Bay is on the shortlist to become UK City of Culture 2017.”