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Dylan Fans to Get Tour of Poet's Haunts

Dylan Thomas

Easter weekend date for Dylan Thomas fans

Dylan Thomas fans have a chance to take a tour of some of the Swansea haunts that inspired the world-famous poet this Easter weekend.

The two-hour tour, which is being led by Fluellen Theatre Company, starts from the Maritime Quarter’s Dylan Thomas Centre at 10.30am on Sunday April 20.

Swansea Council has organised the tour as part of ongoing Dylan Thomas 2014 Festival activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The tour will take in spots including the No Sign Wine Bar and the original site of the Kardomah Café where a young Dylan regularly used to meet with other artists and writers.

Other haunts to be visited will include the original site of the Evening Post, by Swansea Castle, where Dylan worked as a junior reporter.

Frances Jenkins, Swansea Council’s Strategic Manager for Culture, Marketing, Tourism and Events, said: “These tours are always popular because they show the locations in Swansea that were important to a young Dylan before he went onto become one of the world’s most popular writers.

“This event is one of many being organised this year to both strengthen our links with our most famous son and celebrate his centenary.

“Thanks to his legacy and his rich body of work, Dylan has been a key figure in putting Swansea on the map. It’s this enduring appeal across the world that shows why it’s important we do all we can to mark our links with him. Many hundreds of international visitors come to Swansea every year because of Dylan and we need to ensure we meet their aspirations.”

Swansea Council was also recently awarded a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to refresh the Dylan Thomas Centre’s permanent Dylan Thomas exhibition and put a community outreach programme in place that will take Dylan to communities across the city.

Dylan Thomas 2014 branding has been included on bridge banners, lamp-posts and Swansea Council vehicles to raise awareness of the festival. Dylan Thomas 2014 Festival coasters have also been delivered to businesses including the Kardomah Café and the Uplands Tavern where he used to drink.

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

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