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Dylan Thomas

Part of the Dylan Thomas exhibition in the Dylan Thomas Centre in SwanseaDylan Thomas met his wife Caitlin, a dancer, in a pub in London. Their meeting was love at first sight and later that afternoon they booked into a hotel (charging the room to Augustus John for whom Caitlin was a model and occasional lover). A year later they married having postponed the wedding twice as they had drunk the funds put aside for the ceremony!

What could our book club do?

  • Visit the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea. View the permanent exhibition of his life and works and enjoy a talk or lecture of your choice.
  • If you visit in October or November you can take part in the annual Dylan Thomas Festival in Swansea.
  • Head up to 5 Cwmdonkin Drive where Dylan Thomas was born in 1914. The house has been furnished and decorated to look exactly as it would have during his time. Enjoy a guided tour and, for small groups, there is the option of staying for dinner.
  • Visit the boathouse and writing shed in Laugharne where he wrote Under Milk Wood.
  • Walk up to St Martin's Churchyard to see where Dylan and Caitlin are buried.
  • New Quay in Cardigan Bay is where he stayed in the mid 40s and several of the characters in Under Milk Wood would appear to be based on people he knew here. The Dylan Thomas Trail will take you past all the relevant landmarks.
  • Have a browse around Dylan's Bookstore on King Edward Road, Swansea, which is packed with rare and collectable books by and about Dylan Thomas, in addition to other valuable memorabilia and photos.

Anything else of interest in the area?

  • Perhaps the Dylan Thomas Theatre may have a production that appeals?
  • A visit to Mumbles which is known as the 'gateway to the Gower peninsula' is a must. Browse around the brilliant range of independent shops showcasing local arts and crafts.
  • With more than 50 unspoilt beaches, coves and bays the Gower peninsula demands a visit.
  • Why not try one of the numerous Gower Peninsula walks which range from the very gentle to the very challenging - all with fabulous views of the countryside or coast?
  • Enjoy a boat trip around the Gower coastline.
  • The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea is a stunning new building in the Maritime Quarter showcasing industry and innovation in Wales.
  • What about visiting the largest indoor market in the UK where cockles, laverbread and welshcakes are among the delicacies on sale?

Recommended reading for your book club

A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas: The Biography by Paul Ferris

Fern Hill and Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night poems by Dylan Thomas

Recommended viewing for your book club

The Edge of Love (2008)

Starring Sienna Miller as Caitlin, Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas and Keira Knightley as Vera Killick.

Set Fire to the Stars (2014)

Starring Elijah Wood as John M Brinnin, Celyn Jones as Dylan Thomas and Kelly Reilly as Caitlin.


Book Club Tours look forward to arranging your Dylan Thomas tour in Cardiff and The Gower.

Book Club Tours LLP, 33 Broad Lane, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3AL • Tel: 020 8979 2285