Dylan Thomas centenary plans

The details of the year long festival to celebrate 100 years since Dylan Thomas's birth have been revealed. A year-long programme will feature recitals, plays, music, and workshops across Wales throughout 2014.

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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.

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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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