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This tremendous, annual festival of two weeks of celebration is particularly special this year as it marks the 100th anniversary of Dylan’s birth. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Swansea Council, the Dylan Thomas Centre will also be opening their new, refurbished and expanded ‘Love The Words’ exhibition.

The exhibition explores the life and work of Swansea’s most famous son through manuscripts, recordings, interactives, and the words of Dylan and those who knew him.

There will be lots of great events including talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances – including Bob Kingdom’s acclaimed Return Journey, events focusing on war poetry, to mark the centenary of WW1, a launch of a new edition of Dylan Thomas’ Collected Poems with Professor John Goodby and a night of Dylan Thomas-inspired Burlesque from Bluestocking Lounge. We’ll also be running an exciting  programme of family and community activity in our new Learning space .

Paul Henry curates an event in which Rhian Edwards, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Alan Kellermann and Paul himself share their favourite Dylan Thomas poems and you can catch the launch of Little Man, Richard James Jones’ debut collection.

Hilly Janes talks on ‘Swansea’s Brush With Brilliance’, and discusses Dylan’s friendship with her father, Alfred, and the other members of the Kardomah Gang. Wendy Pollard celebrates the release of her biography of Pamela Hansford Johnson, Dylan’s first serious girlfriend, in the company of Pamela’s daughter.

The Centre has produced a great guide to this year’s Festival – The Llarregub Times