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Published on March 29th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

Dylan Thomas Centre Threat?

As well as creating some of the finest Doctor Who adventures ever seen and creating a whole spin off universe as well it seems that Russell T Davies is something of a campaigner as well.

Recent fears about the future of the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, which is home to “unparalleled” literary and artistic events (the quote marks aren’t for cynicism but catching some of the adjectives used by others!) have caused Davies and a host of others to send a signed letter of concern.

Swansea council received the letter, signed by over two hundred artists, writers and supporters of the centre, recently. It seems that the council and local universities plan to turn the centre into a “cultural and enterprise hub” and want to give it an update for the twenty first century but others, including actor Michael Sheen (who you may know is voicing a character in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who) , feel that the best way to keep the centres future assured is by focusing on the one hundredth anniversary of the poet Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2014. Part of their letter in regard to this aspect states:

“The city is surely going to look a little bizarre, to put it mildly, in the eyes of the wider world if it is seen to have abandoned the Dylan Thomas Centre on the eve of this major national and international celebration.”

The council responded by stating that they were making “significant preparations” for the upcoming anniversary and that The Dylan Thomas Centre had no threat of closure whatsoever.

Let’s hope that the people’s say actually reflects in the future decisions that are made within regards to this landmark building.

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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!




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