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Dylan Thomas Notebooks arrive in Swansea

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Potrait of Dylan Thomas by Alread Janes, 1964. (c) Ros Janes & Hilly Janes. City and County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection

Potrait of Dylan Thomas by Alread Janes, 1964. (c) Ros Janes & Hilly Janes. City and County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection

Rare notebooks and manuscripts written by Dylan Thomas will be going on display in Swansea for the very first time, beginning with a special opening event at the Dylan Thomas Centre from 7pm this evening, Friday 30 May.

The exhibition will be made up of four poetry notebooks and a red prose notebook written between 1930 and 1934 and will be available to view at the Centre until Sunday August 31.

The notebooks contain Dylan’s early poems written in Swansea between the ages of 15 and 19 as well as early drafts of some of his most famous works.

The documents, which have arrived on loan from the University of Buffalo in the USA, include extracts from letters that refer to the poems and the processes involved in their writing, and a self-portrait in coloured pencil that Dylan drew on the back of a letter to the writer Pamela Hansford Johnson.

They tell us so much about Dylan’s creative process and the extraordinary talent he was lucky enough to have at such a young age.

It’ll be the first time the collection has returned to Swansea since its sale in the 1940s.

Also included in the exhibition will be drawings of his friends from the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection.

The exhibition is in partnership with the National Library of Wales and is curated as part of Swansea Council’s year-long Dylan Thomas 2014 Festival. Swansea Council will be running talks, workshops and guided tours based on the notebooks exhibition.

Have a look at www.dylanthomas.com  for more information or call 01792 463980.

Entry is free. Everyone welcome, no booking required.

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