The Dylan Thomas Centre is an arts centre located in Swansea, Wales.
Formerly the city's Guildhall, the Dylan Thomas Centre was restored and refurbished to host the UK Year of Literature and Writing in 1995.
It was opened in 1995 by American ex-President Jimmy Carter, one of the world's most famous Dylan Thomas enthusiasts (others include Bob Dylan), and has permanent exhibition on the life and work of Dylan Thomas, as well as a restaurant and bar, a bookshop cafe, conference rooms and a theatre.
The Centre has become the focal point for Dylan Thomas enthusiasts all over the world. It houses the permanent �Man and Myth� exhibition, based on the largest collection of memorabilia of its kind in the world. It is designed to appeal to the Dylan expert and interested visitor alike. This interactive exhibition explores Dylan�s life and work through a variety of media and includes letters, books, worksheets and photographs. The collection is also searchable at www.dylanthomas.com
The Dylan Thomas Centre is home to a year-round programme of literary events, including book launches, plays, poetry evenings, changing exhibitions and science talks. It hosts the the annual Dylan Thomas Festival held between Dylan�s birth and death dates, 27 October to 9 November. The festival attracts an international audience to celebrate the work and the continuing inspiration of one of the twentieth century�s greatest writers in his home city.
The Dylan Thomas Centre�s experienced literature team also provide a variety of talks and tours to suit all requirements, such as talks on aspects of Dylan�s life and works, on contemporary literature, on writing poetry and on cultural tourism. All talks end with a question and answer session.
The Centre�s bookshop-caf� has a large selection of books, recordings and posters by and about Thomas, and stocks a range of contemporary literature. It also has over 7,000 second hand books.