Dylan Thomas in Swansea
Dylan Thomas was born in the upstairs bedroom of 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in the Uplands area of Swansea. The house is located high on a hillside, with a view of chimney pots and the arc of the bay beyond.
Whilst living here, in his late teens, he wrote about two-thirds of his entire poetic output and many short stories.
The park features in the 1939 short story, ‘Patricia, Edith and Arnold’ and in the July 1941 poem ‘The Hunchback in The Park’, inspired by a character he saw in his youth.
The hunchback in the park
He left at 16 to work as a reporter for the South Wales Daily Post, now Swansea Evening Post, becoming a regular at local pubs such as the Uplands Tavern. In December 1932 he joined Swansea’s Little Theatre.
On May 18 1933 'And Death Shall Have No Dominion' was published in New English Weekly – his first poem to be published outside Wales.
In August he made his first trip to London, visiting editors of literary magazines, and in November 1934 took lodgings at 5 Redcliffe Street, Earls Court, with friends from Swansea, the artists Fred Janes and Mervyn Levy.
Whilst frequently returning to his parents at Cwmdonkin Drive, Dylan quickly became a prominent figure in the bohemian pubs and clubs of Fitzrovia, Soho and Chelsea. [Read more ... ]
Dylan Thomas Centre