The Dylan Thomas 100 in New
Dylan Thomas only lived for a short time during the second
world war war in New Quay, it is widely believed that many
colourful local residents in the town became the basis of
his characters in his most widely acclaimed work 'Under Milk
Dylan Marlais Thomas was born on October 27, 1914,
in the upstairs front bedroom of his parents newly built house at 5
Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea. There is an account of his life story
HERE on this website.
Many events are planned throughout
Wales to celebrate the centenary of his birth, and some of
these are in New Quay and the local area.
March to July – Dylan’s Swansea
Exhibition, Swansea Museum - An exhibition that
celebrates the Swansea that Dylan knew, where he was born,
grew up, worked and played and how this influenced his work.
The exhibition features Wyn Thomas’ wonderful illustrations
of some of Dylan’s haunts around the town itself, Uplands,
Mumbles, and Gower. Swansea Museum has worked with author
and Dylan enthusiast Jeff Towns in presenting an exhibition
that tries to understand how the pubs and people of Swansea
were so influential to his work. Runs until July 6th.
||The Writing Shed
(left) is of Dylan's original writing shed before it
was recently restored. As part of the Dylan Thomas
100 celebrations, a replica of the shed will be
touring to various locations and schools throughout
West Wales during March, April and May.
Local dates to follow when available.
Just as in the caravan in London, and in the 'Apple
House' at Plas Llanina, New Quay, Dylan Thomas preferred to be away on
his own to write. At the Boathouse in Laugharne, the garage - elevated on props on
the steep hillside above the sea, became his 'writing shed'.
photo on the left shows the inside of the original writing shed as left by Dylan
April 8th - 'Under Milk Wood' the
opera - Aberystwyth Arts Centre - An opera based
on the original play for voices has been composed by John
Metcalf. A world premiere production by Taliesin Arts Centre
in co-production with Le Chien qui chante (Montreal) &
Companion Star (New York) and in association with Welsh
Apr 10th-12th, 7.30 - Under Milk
Wood - Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Company: Clwyd Theatr
May 2nd – May 4th – Portrait of
Dylan, at the Louche Theatre, Aberystwyth - Portrait of
Dylan by Tony Layton is a result of the author’s long
association with the world of Dylan and sets out to trace
his life from his childhood in Swansea to his untimely death
in New York. Dylan was a complex individual. A talented
writer and broadcaster, a ready wit and severe critic, and
someone who enjoyed a varied and colourful love life…and
alcohol. At the Louche Theatre, Aberystwyth.
From Jun 1st – Poet in
Residence, Samantha Wynne Rhydderch, Boathouse, Laugharne -
As part of her residency New Quay based poet,
Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch plans to create an audio archive of
interviews with residents of New Quay who remember Dylan
when he was based in the village during the war. Selected
recordings will be uploaded onto the People’s Collection
From Jun 28th – Dylan Thomas
Exhibition, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth - The
National Library of Wales will stage a major multi-media
exhibition of Dylan Thomas material as part of the centenary
celebrations. The exhibition, which will include Thomas
manuscripts not exhibited before, will run from June 28th
until December 20th.
Jul 5 – Dylan Odyssey Tour, Caitlin Thomas’ Aeron Valley
- Join writer Dr Jasmine Donahaye on a horseback tour
re-tracing Caitlin’s tracks in the Aeron Valley, Ceredigion.
Followed by a talk on Caitlin’s poetry and her influence on
Dylan by National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke.
Aug 23rd – Dylan Odyssey Tour, Dylan’s Ceredigion Coast -
Join National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and Dylan
biographer Andrew Lycett for a tour around New Quay,
visiting the site of Dylan’s former home, Majoda, the estate
of Plas Llanina and the grounds of Ffynnonfeddyg. Travelling
on through the Aeron valley the tour ends with a meal in the
Pentre Arms Hotel in Llangrannog where actors Helen Griffin
and Adrian Metcalfe will perform excerpts from Dylan’s
Throughout September – 'Bedazzled –
A Welshman In New York' - Organised by Ffotogallery,
details to be confirmed, but rumour has it that it will be
in or close to New Quay.
Nov 5th – Nov 6th – Public
Symposium, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth - A
public symposium will provide a finale to the official
centenary celebrations. This will include a showing of
Andrew Sinclair’s 1972 film adaption of Under Milk Wood and
an interview between the director and Damian Walford Davies,
as well as a number of guest speakers lecturing on a range
of topics themed around the study of Dylan Thomas and his
work. Programme to be confirmed.
December 2nd and 3rd - A Child’s
Christmas In Wales – Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Michael
Bogdanov's adaptation of Dylan’s classic festive story.
Edge of Love' filmed in New Quay
Starring Keira Knightley as Vera
Killick, Sienna Miller as Caitlin Thomas and Matthew Rhys as Dylan
Thomas, this film centres on the 'reputed love triangle' (these are the
words used by the BBC) between the three main characters.
This culminated in Vera's husband William Killick spraying the Thomas
family's house 'Majoda' with a machine gun after a disagreement in
March 1945. There are more details on the Dylan Thomas page here.
Sienna on the bike with her
stunt double on the left
Make up adjustment
Make up adjustment
Sienna as Caitlin
and Sienna in the boat.
Keira holding the baby
Rhys as Dylan Thomas
Setting up the beach scene
the Pier at New Quay.
Keira and Sienna and the film
the Pier at New Quay
Matthew Rhys at the Pier
Sienna Checking the cycling
Stansfield also appears in the film
and Sienna on the Pier
The reconstruction of
'Majoda' for the film
The film set - 'Majoda' and
Locals at the Black Lion
- reputed to be Dylan Thomas' favourite
The former Barclays Bank in
now reinstated as 'Hutton's Bank' for the film.
I am grateful to Corrine Harrison of
Epic Fishing, New Quay
for the use of eight of her photos on this page - and to Roger Bryan
of Plas Llanina for the photos of 'Majoda' and 'Fynnonfeddyg'.