The Prince of Wales visited Dylan Thomas’s birthplace in Swansea today as it was announced he would be Royal Patron of DT100, the centenary celebrations to commemorate the life and works of the famous Welsh poet and writer.
As his royal patronage of the DT100 Festival was announced, The Prince visited the house at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in the Uplands area of Swansea, where Dylan Thomas was born in 1914. He was joined by the poet’s granddaughter Hannah Ellis, who is the Honourable Patron of the DT100 Festival, and Welsh Business and Tourism Minister Edwina Hart.
Overlooking Swansea Bay, the semi-detached house has been restored by its current owners to its Edwardian condition to reflect what it looked like when Dylan Thomas lived there. The Thomas family bought the house a few months before a baby Dylan was born in the front bedroom in October 1914.
The iconic address now offers holiday accommodation and is open for guided tours, offering a glimpse into an environment that contributed to inspire Dylan’s famous writings, such as ’A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. The house was recently recognised as The Best Tourist Attraction and the Best Visitor Experience at the Tourism Swansea Bay Awards.
A spokesperson from Clarence House said:
“The Prince of Wales is pleased to become Patron of the DT100 Festival, which will celebrate the Centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth and bring the works of this wonderful writer to even more people.”
High-profile figures from Welsh public and cultural life have also agreed to endorse the DT100 Festival by becoming Patrons. They are:
- Opera star Bryn Terfel CBE;
- Composer Karl Jenkins CBE;
- Singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews;
- Former First Minister Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan; and
- Harpist Catrin Finch.
It is anticipated that other Patrons of DT100 will be announced in the run up to 2014.
Welcoming The Prince of Wales at Cwnmdonkin Drive, Welsh Business and Tourism Minister Edwina Hart said:
“We are very proud to have The Prince of Wales as Patron of the DT1000 Festival to help celebrate the life, works and legacy of one of Wales’ most famous and acclaimed poets and writers. This royal patronage is a recognition of Dylan Thomas’ influence as one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.
“The support of The Prince, together with the other Patrons announced today, will help raise the profile of the DT100 events to be staged across Wales and beyond during 2014 to celebrate the contribution of this iconic literary figure. We hope the festival will further develop the legacy of Dylan’s work and attract new visitors from across the world to visit Wales to see the places that inspired his writings."
Hannah Ellis, Honourable Patron of DT100 and granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, said:
“It is a great honour for the DT 100 project, and for my family, to have HRH The Prince of Wales join us as Royal Patron. Today we see a number of leading Welsh figures state their support for our plans to celebrate the centenary of my grandfather's birth in two years’ time and this can only serve to raise the profile of the programme and contribute positively to its ultimate success."
Notes to Editors
DT100 will mark the birth centenary of the poet with a year-long festival and line-up of events, including performances, visual arts, comedy, television, film and exhibitions, to be held across Wales and beyond, celebrating the life and works of the poet.
It is being funded by the Welsh Government with funding partners: Ceredigion County Council; Arts Council of Wales; Carmarthenshire County Council; Swansea County Council.
More details of the DT100 Festival are available at www.dt100.info.
The official Dylan Thomas website, managed by the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, is www.dylanthomas.com