Details of 2014 Dylan Thomas centenary festival revealed

Details of a year-long international festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of poet Dylan Thomas are being unveiled.

Festival an 'opportunity to showcase Wales'

"As the momentum behind this great festival gathers pace, I hope that many visitors will be encouraged to visit Wales and discover the inspiration that lies behind the legacy.

This festival will enable people to discover or rediscover Wales and Dylan Thomas, will resurrect a passion for literature and inspire people of all ages to connect moreactively with our rich cultural heritage. It is an opportunity to showcaseWales and to raise further the iconic status of this great literary figure."

– First minister, Carwyn Jones

International festival marks Dylan Thomas centenary

Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea in 1914 Credit: PA

Events will be held around the world throughout 2014 to mark 100 years since the birth of Dylan Thomas.

At the National Museum in Cardiff, First Minister Carwyn Jones will open an event which will give details of these celebrations.

Also launching the international festival will be the poet's granddaughter Hannah Ellis, US writer and political activist Kevin Powell, former National Poet of Wales Gwyneth Lewis and harpist Claire Jones.

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