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Dylan Thomas notebooks to return to Wales from US

Thomas sold his notebooks to the University of Buffalo, New York, in 1941 Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Notebooks belonging to Swansea-born poet Dylan Thomas will go on show in Wales - more than 70 years after he sold them to a US university.

The move comes after a museum dedicated to the poet received a grant of almost £1 million.

The money - £935,700 in total - from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go towards the redevelopment of the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.

It means memorabilia, including a love letter to his wife Caitlin, will be able to be brought out of the archives and put on show alongside the notebooks, which Thomas sold to the University of Buffalo, New York, in 1941.

Thomas, whose work includes Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and the play Under Milk Wood, died in 1953 aged 39.

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Dylan Thomas's cliff-top home up for sale

The house was at the centre of the Hollywood film 'The Edge of Love' Credit: Jim Raw Rees estate agents

A cliff-top bungalow in New Quay, Ceredigion, where Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin lived is up for sale.

The couple lived at the home named 'Majoda' between September 1944 and July 1945. It's said to be a place which inspired much of his best known poems and writing including ‘Quite Early One Morning.’

The house, depicted by a mock-up in the field next-door, was at the centre of the Hollywood film 'The Edge of Love' starring Keira Knightly, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys.

The film depicts Dylan Thomas and his wife in a complex three-way relationship with a neighbour, Vera Killick. Unfortunately for the poet, Vera’s husband was a Commando officer. Home on leave, he took against Dylan and one night fired a few shots at Majoda.

Today, Majoda is said to be much more peaceful.

The rent Dylan and his wife paid back then was £1 per week but the property had no electricity or running water. Today it has a price tag of around £450,000 and has been thoroughly modernised.

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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Details of special Dylan Thomas centenary announced

Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea in 1914 Credit: PA

Details have been revealed today of events which will make the centenary of the birth of poet Dylan Thomas.

A year-long programme, taking place in 2014, will feature recitals, plays and workshops in venues across Wales.

The Welsh poet was born in 1914 in Swansea, and is most famous for works such as 'Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night' and 'Under Milk Wood.'

The aim of the festival next year is to give Dylan Thomas even greater prominence.

A special exhibition of new illustrations of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood will be shown at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff from this evening until next March as a way to kick-start the festival.

Dylan Thomas festival launched

Bilingual performance about Dylan Thomas' New York in the early 1950s Credit: Tom Sheldrick / ITV News

The details of the year long festival to celebrate 100 years since Dylan Thomas's birth are being revealed in Swansea this morning. The Welsh poet was born in 1914 in Swansea and died in New York in 1953.

The Education minister Huw Lewis speaking at the event Credit: Tom Sheldrick / ITV News

Dylan Thomas centenary plans

Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea in 1914 Credit: ITV News Wales

The details of the year long festival to celebrate 100 years since Dylan Thomas's birth will be revealed today.

The Welsh poet was born on October 27, 1914 at No 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea.

He is most well-known for poems such as 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' and 'And Death Shall Have No Dominion'.

His play for voices, 'Under Milk Wood' is one of his most famous works but he died before it was recorded.

He married Caitlin Macnamara in 1937 and moved to Laugharne in Carmarthenshire in 1938 where their first child was born.

Dylan Thomas died of pneumonia in 1953 at the age of 39.

He was on a trip to New York to deliver a series of talks and poetry readings.

His body was bought back to Wales and he is buried in the village churchyard in Laugharne.

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