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Future of Dylan Thomas Centre close to being secured

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 10:41 UK time, Thursday, 21 July 2011

The future of Swansea's Dylan Thomas Centre looks a little brighter as the University of Wales has agreed to lease the venue from Swansea Council, subject to the agreement of legal details that will now be discussed.

The partnership venture will see the Dylan Thomas Exhibition stay on site, with the centre retaining its name and the building becoming home to the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize.

The Dylan Thomas Centre. Image courtesy of Swansea City Council

The Dylan Thomas Centre. Image courtesy of Swansea City Council

The plans would also see the Dylan Thomas Prize Educational Programme based at the centre as well as the University of Wales Global Academy, which delivers the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship programme.

In addition, there would be an office for the University of Wales Press and for Awen, the university's business arm, with Swansea Council continuing to manage the exhibition and literature programmes on site.

Councillor Chris Holley, Swansea Council Leader, said: "These are difficult economic times when finances are tight but this deal will save the taxpayer over £300,000 a year while securing the future of the Dylan Thomas Centre.

"It will also ensure the Dylan Thomas Centre retains the Dylan Thomas Exhibition and literature programme and includes a number of exciting new elements that will promote Dylan Thomas and creative writing.

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