Dylan Thomas literary prize launched
A new £60,000 Dylan Thomas Prize was launched in Swansea this week. The prize will be awarded every two years to the best book published in English anywhere in the world by an author under 30.
Swansea University Alumni Association has played a key role in the development and launch of the prize, which was the brainchild of Swansea born cultural critic Peter Stead.
Around 150 people from the local arts, academic and business communities attended the launch event, which was held at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea on the 90th anniversary of the poet's birthday October 27.
A simultaneous launch was held in New York where the poet died in 1953 while on a lecture tour.
The first presentation of the prize will be made at the Dylan Thomas Literary Festival in Swansea in 2006. It is open to published writers in English under the age of 30 at the launch date. Its patron is Aeronwy Thomas, poet, teacher and daughter of Dylan.
A high-profile jury including Swansea-born novelist Stevie Davies, who is also Director of Creative Writing at Swansea University, will judge the award.
Swansea born actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has agreed to be the international ambassador for the prize.