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City launches Dylan tours
Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas: People can view his birthplace and other haunts
Summer visitors to Swansea can find out all about one of its most famous sons through a series of guided tours.

Dylan Thomas fans can visit the house where the writer was born, the park where he played as he grew up and even the pubs he frequented in later life.

Events are being held across south west Wales to mark the 50th anniversary of the poet's death later this year.

For those who do not know their way around, or others who want to learn more about Thomas, four different tours will be staged every weekend in July and August.

Dylan Thomas is probably the most important Welsh writer of the 20th Century and wanted to add value for visitors and keep them in Wales that little bit longer
Leisure cabinet member Robert Francis Davies

Launching the tours on Tuesday, Swansea's cabinet member for leisure, Robert Francis Davies, said thousands of tourists from across the world had already visited the city.

"We already get many visitors to the Dylan Thomas Centre and if you look at any page from the visitors' book there is always someone from abroad," he said.

"With this year being the 50th anniversary we felt we needed to have a real trail people can go on.

"Dylan Thomas is probably the most important Welsh writer of the 20th Century and wanted to add value for visitors and keep them in Wales that little bit longer."

The city centre tour every Saturday at 1400BST explores the maritime quarter and other points of cultural interest while walkers are entertained with extracts of his work and anecdotes about his life.

Cwmdonkin Park
Cwmdonkin Park where Thomas spent his childhood

His birthplace at Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea, where Thomas lived for more than half his life, will be open between 1000BST and 1600BST with an expert about the poet's life and work on hand to answer any questions.

The Cwmdonkin Walk at 1000BST on Sundays takes in his birthplace as well as the nearby park and streets which provided early inspiration.

Coach parties will be bussed out to Laugharne on Sundays at 1400BST to visit the boat house where he lived towards the end of his life and the writing shed where he wrote his play for voices Under Milk Wood.

Parties can also see Brown's Hotel - which is now up for sale but where Thomas could often be seen at the bar, and the graveyard where he and his wife Caitlin are both buried.

Organised by Swansea Council and the Dylan Thomas Centre, all tours need to be booked in advance except visits to his birth place at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive.

Celebration

Details have also been released of events being staged in Laugharne in memory of Thomas.

A poetry reading by his daughter Aeronwy, plays, a ballet, and a food fayre are among the events will take place in the Carmarthenshire town in late July and August.

"The community is organising a wide range of events to mark the anniversary of Dylan's death," said the county's arts manager Phil Alder.

"Dylan Thomas is a very important part of our heritage and it is only right that there is a celebration of his life and work this year."




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