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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Dylan Thomas Literary Prize et al

News From SwanTV and also local news 

Out and about at the end of October. I just couldn't believe my eyes to see Xmas decorations up already.

Driving near Cross Hands I had to stop and take a photo. I know celebrations start earlier each year but it's mainly shops that are after our custom. Do you think this is too early? Let me know. Drop a comment in at the bottom of the page.

Driving through the Hafod last week I just had to catch this shot of what could be scaffolding being erected to reach out to the silver lining.

 The Dylan Thomas Literary Award is here again. This most prestigious event celebrated young authors (under thirty years) from around the world.

We followed three of them this week from Mozart's where they read excepts from their short-listed books, across to Noah's in Swansea Uplands where they were interviewed by Peter Stead, who created the awards back in 2006. There is a glittering prize - of £30,000. A bonus to any author today: and particularly to a young author in this very competitive market. The readings were such a contrast and all held the packed room audience spell-bound.

Introduced by Hannah Ellis, grand-daughter of Dylan Thomas. This was a warm and inspiring event.

 Lighting was extremely poor at this location as was the sound but we have managed to capture the essence of the intimate atmosphere. Watch out for footage on SwanTV

Tuesday evening the  Dylan Thomas Literary Finalists went to the Swansea Print Workshop where there was a presentation on the Dylan Thomas Project run 10 years ago with both original and new artists. The work is very delicate and cotton gloves were the order of the day. Touching the paper may have a damaging effect.

As a memento of the occasion the Print Workshop had set each author's name in cold type and produced a simple poster for each to take away. They actually printed off their individual copies.  

There are some really interesting old printing presses at the Swansea Print Workshop that are still used today. 

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