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Dylan Thomas Festival to feature TV classics and top authors

C 10th September 2013

Dylan Thomas Festival will play host to some of the most popular TV programmes of the last decade and beyond


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A Doctor Who day and an evening based on Danish drama ‘The Killing’ will be among the highlights of this year.

The Dylan Thomas Festival, now in its 16th year and based at the Maritime Quarter’s Dylan Thomas Centre, lasts from October 26 to November 9.

The Doctor Who day, arranged to mark the 50th anniversary of the smash-hit sci-fi programme, will include talks, events, special guests, workshops and Daleks. An evening based on ‘The Killing’ will include two of the biggest names writing about it: crime and mystery novelist David Hewson; and actor, writer and TV presenter Emma Kennedy, author of ‘The Killing Handbook’.

Poet, broadcaster and children’s author Roger McGough will launch the festival with readings from his new collection of poetry. Welsh poet Gillian Clarke will also be on hand with a new centenary commission.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said “The Dylan Thomas Festival celebrates arts and entertainment including music, theatre, art and prose. We are thrilled to welcome our impressive range of talented guests to the 2013 Festival.

“We expect to attract visitors from across Britain and as far afield as the USA, Japan and Australia.

“This year’s Festival will be especially exciting as we lead up to Dylan Thomas’ centenary in 2014.”

Football journalists from The Guardian will be recording their Football Weekly podcast looking at the South Wales Derby between Swansea City and Cardiff City, and the Festival will also go on the road with an evening of readings from Dylan’s work in his old local, The Uplands Tavern. The Fluellen Theatre Company will be on hand with a preview and discussion of their new production of ‘Rebecca’s Daughters’ by Dylan.

The Festival and The Bluestocking Lounge will also join forces to present ‘Wordy Shapes of Women’ – a night where burlesque collides with Dylan Thomas’ poetry. It will be preceded by a free creative writing workshop led by performer and poet Primrose Proper on how the art and creativity of burlesque can open a whole new artistic avenue.

Have a look at http://www.dylanthomas.com for more information.