Laugharne – Watch this video to see beautiful Carmarthenshire landscape – only 5 miles from Old Oak Barn.
The short walk of 4.5 miles will take you around all the historical and unique points in and around Laugharne which has been developed recently to celebrate the birthday of Dylan Thomas. It is surely one of our favourite places nearby and if you watch the film you will get a real sense of what to expect. It takes in part of the Wales Coast Path too as well of course as the churchyard of St Martin’s church where Dylan Thomas is buried. The walk was created by Bob Stevens who obviously has a love of the area.
If you walk the route on your birthday you can pop into local shops and pubs for some freebies including a tasty bag of chips. It ends at the iconic Browns Hotel which is a great place to drop by for a pint!
Dylan Thomas 100
Had he still been alive Dylan Thomas would have been 100 this year!
Laugharne is celebrating his birth and getting involved in the worldwide festival.
Old Oak Barn is offering short breaks throughout the year for visitors and fans who want to stay near Laugharne in 2014!
What is Dylan Thomas 100?
Many original and high profile events are planned across the world but especially in Laugharne, Swansea, New Quay, London, Oxford and New York this centenary year. They will all mark the anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas – Dylan Thomas 100.
Funding has been generously given to support these events from many sources too numerous to mention. One purpose of Dylan Thomas 100 is to raise awareness of his great writings among young people especially. The unique way in which Dylan Thomas observed the lives of those around him and recorded his interpretations of the world he lived in and the places he stayed in are passionately reflected in his writings – this is what makes him special.
Dylan Thomas spent about 4 years of his later life in Laugharne and it was during this time he was very productive with his writing. There are still today several people still living in the little West Wales village who remember him well.
Patron of Dylan Thomas 100
HRH The Prince of Wales is an enthusiastic and interested patron of Dylan Thomas 100. He visited Laugharne last year and toured the village including a pit stop at The Browns! You can listen to his reading of Fern Hill here!
Ambassadors of the Festival
Hosts of famous people are playing a part in being Ambassadors for the event and include writers, musicians, artists, actors and politicians. Cerys Matthews, Karl Jenkins, Michael Sheen, Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, ROb Brydon, Sir Peter Blake and Rhodri Thomas to name but a few.
Please download the brochure here for latest information! Dylan Thomas Website.
Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in 1914 and is our most famous Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion“, the “play for voices”, Under Milk Wood, and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He is being remembered this centenary year with a number of events in nearby Laugharne which is about 10 minutes from Old Oak Barn which is offering self catering accommodation to visitors keen to celebrate too. Dylan Thomas was popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death in New York. In his later life he acquired a reputation, which he is said to have encouraged, as a “roistering, drunken and doomed poet”
Thomas was born in Swansea, and left school at 16, initially becoming a journalist for a short time. Although many of his works appeared in print while he was still a teenager, it was the publication of “Light breaks where no sun shines”, in 1934, that drew praise and caught the attention of the literary world. While living in London, Thomas met Caitlin Macnamara, whom he married in 1937. Their stormy relationship was marred by alcoholism and was mutually destructive. In the early part of his marriage, Thomas and his family lived hand-to-mouth, settling in the Welsh fishing village of Laugharne where he wrote avidly and visitors can still see the little writing shed which overlooks the estuary on the way to the boathouse. This shed is going on tour later in the year and is somewhere nearly all our visitors go because it is such a beautiful wander along the Taf estuary.
Why it’s special
Dylan Thomas described Laugharne as “The strangest town in Wales” on his first visit. But he kept coming back and the town is of huge significance to his work. The town of Llareggub (“bugger all” spelt backwards) in his radio play Under Milk Wood was based on Laugharne, and it was in his shed-cum-study above the Boathouse (“My seashaken house / On a breakneck of rocks”) that he wrote it and many of his other works.
Across the road from Browns hotel where Dylan drank most days is the Pelican, the tall Georgian terraced house where Thomas would visit his father to do the crossword and chat. It was the sight of his father becoming sick that moved Thomas to write his poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. It was also in the Pelican that Thomas’s body was laid out when he died in 1953.