29 September 2018

Visiting The Dylan Thomas Boathouse and Writing Hut in Laugharne


The poet, writer and broadcaster Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) lived at the boathouse overlooking the estuary in Laugharne in West Wales for the last four years of his life, and it's where he wrote his last work, the famous 'Under Milk Wood.' 


The boathouse now contains a museum with many original furnishings and memorabilia,  including Dylan's father's desk.  Here is an original letter from Dylan Thomas to Augustus John, asking for financial support:


This is the view of the Taff estuary from the boathouse at low tide:


The Writing Shed

Above the boathouse is the little 'writing shed' (which was originally the garage for the boathouse), where he wrote,  which has been preserved and is visited by people from all over the world.

View inside the 'Writing Hut' (Used as the header for this blog)

Writing routine


Dylan Thomas settled into a routine of reading and writing letters in the mornings, doing the crossword and drinking (heavily) in the nearby pub at lunchtime.  He would then work in his shed from two in the afternoon until seven in the evening.  It's said  he would read his work aloud, over and over, perfecting the alliteration and hearing the rhymes.

The hut had a simple stove for heating in the winter and Dylan covered the walls with photographs and magazine cuttings of his favourite poets, Byron, Whitman, Auden and William Blake.

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