Friday, October 29, 2004

Wales Launches Literary Prize
The new Dylan Thomas Literary Prize will award 60,000 pounds (that's $110,000) to outstanding works in English from anywhere in the world by an author under 30. The launch of the prize was announced in Swansea, Wales, Dylan Thomas' home turf and New York City, his adopted home, yesterday. Catherine Zeta-Jones, also a native of Swansea will be promoting the prize. "This is a fantastic initiative and one I am proud to be a part of." The prize will be award every other year, alternating with Wales' Artes Mundi Arts Prize. Dylan Thomas, bad-boy poet was an intriguing combination of poetic sensitivity and hard-drinking thug. The White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village is still known today as the place where Thomas came to blows in brawls with several of his contemporaries. Check out his offical website from Swansea, and for a more literary perspective, check this out.

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