Dylan's park poem inspires competition
A DYLAN Thomas poem inspired by one of his childhood haunts, Cwmdonkin Park, is the starting point for a new major creative writing competition.
The Colour of Saying — a celebration of Dylan Thomas — Centenary Competition is designed to mark the 100th milestone of the Swansea-born poet's birth, in October 2014, and is open to any writer from 10 to 100 years old.
Entries can take the form of any style of creative writing but the work must be based upon Thomas's poem The Hunchback in the Park.
Organiser Anne Haden, who runs Dylan's childhood home in Cwmdonkin Drive as a living museum, as well as the Dylan Down the Ups festival in the poet's Swansea Uplands home, complete with period furnishings, explained the reasoning behind the competition.
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She said: "It is one of Dylan's most famous poems and it's all about the Uplands in Swansea.
"The theme of the poem is isolation, and these days with war and economic problems more and more people are feeling isolated. We have all felt isolated at some point."
The closing date, April 24, 2014, also has significance, as Mrs Haden explained: "We set the deadline for April 24 because it was the birth date of his mother Florrie. She played a very important role in his life but mothers are never really talked about, it's always the father."
Entries, which must be original and not have been previously published, can be submitted in any language or dialect, with Mrs Haden adding: "Dialects are dying out so we wanted to do something to celebrate them.
"We also want to get all ages involved, including schools."
The winners in five different age categories will see their work published in an anthology.
To enter visit www.dylandowntheups.org.uk