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. (more…)

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Published in: on 8 April, 2010 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dylan death sculptor dies

Sculptor Peter Nicholas with the head of Dylan which will form part of a new sculpture in the Uplands by 2014

The announcement today of the death at 95 of David Slivka who sculpted Dylan’s death mask brings to an end another link with the writer.

Both were born on 27th October 1914 and celebrated their 39th birthdays just days before Dylan died in a New York hospital on 9th November 1953.

Four years after Dylan’s death he made five bronze busts. Two are now in America, one in the National Museum of Wales, one in the BBC Headquarters and the fifth in the Dylan Thomas Centre. (more…)

Published in: on 6 April, 2010 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Easter events – which one would Dylan choose?

Easter always seems a bit on a non event as a Bank Holiday weekend. The promised sun never seems to materialise and this year it was rain and cold winds to make it feel more like December.

While the beaches and attractions suffered we were ones to gain with a steady flow of house tours. I got me wondering which of the events of the weekend would Dylan have chosen? (more…)

Ospreys squeeze home but what would Dylan have made of it?

Rugby is very much part of Welsh life but Dylan was never known to be much of a fan – cricket was his sport – well, watching it was!

He spent many hours at St Helen’s Ground watching Glamorgan and became great friends with the great cricket commentator John Arlott. Arlott was also a radio producer and used Dylan for many performances on (more…)

Published in: on 2 April, 2010 at 11:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Big Charabanc, little car

We’ve developed our tours and walks with the emphasis on the ambulant. Not that you need to be an Olympic athlete but Swansea, hilly as it is, inevitably means there’s a climb involved.

Our latest project has been to design a day long visit for an elderly group of literature lovers. (more…)

Published in: on 1 April, 2010 at 11:24 pm  Comments (1)  
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Youtube video captures spirit of Number 5

Join Dylan for breakfast

“…the most inspirational house in Wales…”

Leading European writer Eric Verdonck and his Welsh guide John Wake stayed at Number 5 during Eric’s visit to research a book about Wales.

John’s video is accompanied by evocative music from the group Osian whose lead singer Lorraine King joined them on part of their stay.

Published in: on 23 March, 2010 at 9:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canadian Writers Journey to Dylan’s Home

Canadians at tea

Evelyn Hannon (left) of journeywoman.com and welsh Blue Badge guide Bill O''Keefe are among the guests taking afternoon tea at Dylan Thomas Birth House

We recently welcomed a group of Canadian writers to the house and they were amazed by the attention to detail of the conversion.

Among them was Evelyn Hannon who is the webmaster of the hugely successful Journey Woman website. Her travel experience is vast and the website emails thousands of subscribers each week making it one of the largest and most influential in North America. (more…)