– First minister, Carwyn Jones
"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."
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.
People in Swansea may have been disappointed yesterday after the city failed to become Capital of Culture but focus is now on bringing an international audience the Dylan Thomas celebrations. Tom Sheldrick reports.
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.
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 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.
The Prince of Wales will mark National Poetry Day with a recording of one of his favourite Dylan Thomas poems, 'Fern Hill'.
Prince Charles is Royal Patron of The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival and attended his boathouse in Laugharne in July to celebrate the 2014 centenary of the poet's birth.
Thomas lived at the Boathouse with his wife Caitlin and their children, Aeronwy, Llewelyn and Colm from 1949 to 1953 - the last four years of his life.
The Prince of Wales said:
"For National Poetry Day, I was very glad, if somewhat hesitant! - to be able to record a reading of one of my person favourites, 'Fern Hill', with its poignant and moving evocation of a rural west Wales childhood.
I cannot help feeling this is one of the great legacies of Thomas' poetry - that it inspires people to appreciate the incomparable landscape of Wales".
William Sieghart, the Founder of National Poetry Day, welcomed The Prince's recording:
"There's no mistaking The Prince of Wales' love of this moving poem. I hope many will follow his wonderful example on National Poetry Day. This is a day to find a poem you love and share it."
Dylan Thomas' grand-daughter, Hannah Ellis, is also a Patron of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival. She said:
"I was so pleased to meet The Prince at my grandfather's birthplace in Swansea in his capacity as Royal Patron, and then again with The Duchess of Cornwall at the boathouse.
It's fantastic that he is closely involving himself in our centenary celebrations with a reading that my grandfather would have loved, of a poem that meant so much to him and our family."
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