Published on March 29th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
Dylan Thomas Centre Threat?
Recent fears about the future of the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, which is home to â€œunparalleledâ€ literary and artistic events (the quote marks arenâ€™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 Thomasâ€™ 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 â€œsignificant preparationsâ€ for the upcoming anniversary and that The Dylan Thomas Centre had no threat of closure whatsoever.