Dylan Thomas and James Joyce now closer again

Dawn over Swansea Bay and the Swansea Cork ferry waits at Mumbles Head to dock

Yesterday’s early morning sight of the Swansea Cork ferry looming out of the mist off  Mumbles Head got me thinking about our Irtish literary links.

The new service is in operation for the first time in three years and its appearance reminded me of Dylan’s admiration of James Joyce and Brendan Behan.

Of course, Dublin was the centre for writers in Ireland but the new Cork service is much more convenient than enduring the long trek to Holyhead on some of the worst roads in Wales. And the ferry is much more comfortable than the shorter crossing ships – it’s advertised as a cruise and that’s just what the start of a holiday should be whichever route you choose.

Dublin’s literary trails are well established and the George Bernard Shaw house was something that helped us along with the restoration of 5 Cwmdonkin Drive.

However authentic it was it was still a museum. That is something we don’t want at Number 5. It’s a house that is meant to be lived in and appreciated – and not from behind a red rope barrier – we’ll encourage you to snoop and find out about Edwardian living at first hand..

We bumped – literally – into James Joyce in Trieste. Not the real man, of course, but a life size statue of him walking on a bridge near the town centre. Quite a shock but it was something that got us thinking….

Time to dust off the plans we made some years ago for two country holidays and guided tours.

Published in: on 8 April, 2010 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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