2014 sees the centenary of Dylan Thomas' birth in Swansea. A year-long festival is planned to celebrate the poet's work and the places that inspired him. Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion will particularly feature in the festival's activities. A life-size, bronze statue of Dylan will be erected near his birthplace in Cwmdonkin Drive, where he lived for 20 years before moving to London in 1934.
Nearby Cwmdonkin Park is currently (2013) undergoing renovation work in readiness of the festival, to include the upgrade of the Dylan Thomas shelter, the restoration of the Dylan Thomas drinking fountain and the refurbishment of paths, railings and benches.
City and County of Swansea have put out to tender the opportunity to develop the recently renovated pavilion into a 1930s 'Kardomah'-style tearoom.
Mumbles Community Councillor, Brian Arthur, derided the plans to celebrate one of the world's most quoted poets, branding Dylan Thomas as a binge-drinker who is a bad role model for modern youngsters and Mumbles "should wash our hands of him".