Two stars booked in

Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie

TWO of Wigan’s most literate stars will be showing their cultural prowess at two festivals.

Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen will be taking part in the 36-hour marathon reading of Dylan Thomas’s works at Swansea’s Grand Theatre running from 11am on October 26 through until 11pm on October 27 — to mark 100 years of Thomas’ birth.

Hollywood stars Michael Sheen and Matthew Rhys, as well as Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Sian Phillips are also scheduled to take part.

The Dylathon will include all of Thomas’s popular short stories, poems and broadcasts and will feature local schoolchildren reading works he wrote as a boy, specially commissioned musical compositions and unpublished letters. Supported by the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival and Swansea Council, proceeds will go to The Prince’s Foundation For Children and the Arts. Visit for booking details.

And Stuart Maconie, who grew up in Worsley Mesnes, will join Sheila Hancock, Kate Adie and Dennis Skinner to take part in the Durham Book Festival, from October 6 to 18 at venues across the county. The broadcaster was at Durham Castle to launch the event.