Prince Charles is joining Michael Sheen, Sir Ian McKellen and ex-Wales rugby captain Ryan Jones will be part of a marathon performance of Dylan Thomas’s work. Also joining to honour Thomas will be singer Katherine Jenkins, broadcaster Nicholas Parsons and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams.
The ‘Dylathon’ this coming October will count down the 36 hours to the centenary of the poet’s birth in his hometown of Swansea.
Fern Hill, the recording by Charles will be played at the end of the count down.
Prince Charles is the Patron of the centenary celebrations and recorded his contribution last October as part of National Poetry Day.
In 2013, Charles visited the poet’s home at Cwmdonkin Drive in Swansea.
Thomas’s granddaughter, Hannah Ellis Thomas, who is also a patron of the centenary celebrations, noted: “It’s fantastic that he is closely involving himself in our centenary celebrations with a reading that my grandfather would have loved, of a poem that meant so much to him and our family.”