Dylan Thomas 100 is proud to have HRH Prince of Wales as our Royal Patron and Hannah Ellis (Dylan’s grand-daughter) as our Honorary Patron.
Our Ambassadors represent a diverse, eclectic, artistic melting pot from Wales, UK and beyond and we‘re truly grateful for their input, interest and enthusiasm.
Joining our existing Ambassadors (Cerys Matthews, Karl Jenkins, Catrin Finch, Bryn Terfel and Rhodri Morgan) are:
MICHAEL SHEEN (WELSH SCREEN AND STAGE ACTOR FROM PORT TALBOT)
“Dylan was a literary giant, and a huge inspiration to so many young people, including myself. His ferocious, soaring talent is a touchstone for all artists. I give my wholehearted support to this fitting celebration of his life, and hope that through the many and various portrayals of his work over the next year, audiences across the world will continue to delight in the power of his vision and the beauty of his imagination.”
MATTHEW RHYS (WELSH ACTOR FROM CARDIFF CURRENTLY STARING IN THE AMERICANS)
“I still have my first – Well Leafed, Loose Sheafed, Heavily Read, Next to the Bed first copy of Under Milk Wood. From those pages I chose a speech for the entrance audition of RADA. To then play Dylan (a lifelong hero and influence) in ‘The Edge of Love’, was not only some sort of strange full circle but (although daunting)….the part of a lifetime. Backing DT100 for its celebration of Dylan’s life and work is not only an honour but a must. Not least to ensure he’s enjoyed by many generations to come.”
CAROL ANN DUFFY –(BRITAIN’S POET LAUREATE SINCE 2009)
“I’m proud and delighted to support this celebration of a great 20th century poet.”
GILLIAN CLARKE (NATIONAL POET FOR WALES SINCE 2008)
“Dylan Thomas perfectly captured the humour, tenderness, and flawed magnificence of what it is to be human, and because his Llareggub is full of the voices of real people, it is recognised as the real thing all over the world.”
OWEN SHEERS (WELSH POET, AUTHOR AND SCRIPTWRITER)
“Whether you’re a fan of Dylan Thomas’s work or not, his writing was undeniably a seismic event in world literature and continues to exert an influence with readers across the globe. The 2014 centenary is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate his unique love of language, story and sound, and to focus our attentions more closely upon the poetry he wrote, as well as the life he lived.”