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Former daily editor to lead Dylan Thomas celebrations

A recently-retired regional editor has been given a new role heading up the 100th anniversary celebrations of Wales’s most famous poet.

Spencer Feeney, left, retired as editor of the principality’s biggest-selling newspaper the South Wales Evening Post last September.

Now he has been appointed as chairman of the group co-ordinating Swansea’s celebrations for the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas next year.

Thomas was born in the city on October 27, 1914 and went on to write the play for voices Under Milk Wood as well as some of the greatest poetry of the 20th century.

Said Spencer:  “This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity for his home town to celebrate Dylan’s life and work

“This is quite a change for me. I am looking forward to it.”

Events already in the pipeline range from a newly-commissioned opera of Under Milk Wood, to a book on Thomas’s favourite pubs, many of which were in Swansea.

The centenary celebrations are also being seen as an important springboard for Swansea’s bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2017.

Spencer enjoyed a 43-year career in regional newspapers, the last 26 spent editing daily and weekly titles.

Before moving to the Evening Post in 2002 he had been editor of The Citizen, Gloucester, for seven years and before that the weekly Llanelli Star.


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  • March 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations to Spencer! I knew him as a reporter when I joined the newsroom of the Evening Post in the 1970s, with Frank Shelton editing, Frank Gold as news editor and Alan Watts as his deputy. I was the last editor of the South Wales Voice, a weekly newpaper which printed in the Swansea Valley, in the village of Ystalyfera.

    Dylan Thomas was an icon, a brilliant wordsmith whose most famous reading, Under Milk Wood, has brought fascination and delight to all the world. Spencer would be the best chairman to steer the centenary through – and I’m looking forward to it!

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  • March 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    An excellent choice. Spencer will do a great job. Good to see him putting his local knowledge and experience to good use.

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