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The Dylan Thomas 100 in New Quay

Although 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 Wood'.

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 on tour

Our photo (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'. 

The photo on the left shows the inside of the original writing shed as left by Dylan Thomas.

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 National Opera.

Apr 10th-12th, 7.30 - Under Milk Wood - Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Company: Clwyd Theatr Cymru

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 Wales site.

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 works.

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.

'The 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 - photo © Rod Attrill 2007

Make up repair - photo © Rod Attrill 2007


Sienna on the bike with her 
stunt double on the left



Make up adjustment


Make up repair - photo © Rod Attrill 2007

Make up adjustment

Sienna on the bike - photo © Rod Attrill 2007

Sienna as Caitlin

On the beach - photo © Corrine Harrison 2007 Matthew Rhys - photo © Corrine Harrison 2007

Matthew and Sienna in the boat.
Keira holding the baby


Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas

 

On the beach - photo © Corrine Harrison 2007

Setting up the beach scene below
the Pier at New Quay.

 

The film crew on the Pier at New Quay - photo © Corrine Harrison 2007

Keira and Sienna and the film crew on 
the Pier at New Quay

Matthew Rhys at the Pier, New Quay - photo © Corrine Harrison 2007

Matthew Rhys at the Pier

Sienna checking the shot on the bike - photo © Rod Attrill 2007

Sienna Checking the cycling shot

Lisa Stansfield - photo © Corrine Harrison 2007

Lisa Stansfield also appears in the film

Keira and Sienna on the Pier

The reconstruction of 'Majoda' for the film

 

The film set - 'Majoda' and 'Fynnonfeddyg'

 

Locals at the Black Lion - photo © Corrine Harrison 2007

Locals at the Black Lion
- reputed to be Dylan Thomas' favourite 

The old Barclays Bank - now Hutton's Bank for the film - photo © Rod Attrill 2007

The former Barclays Bank in New Quay
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'.