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Browns Hotel, Laugharne

Listed under Literary Locations in Wales, United Kingdom.

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In Dylan Thomas’ 39 years he managed to assign an admirable proportion of time to beer, so much so images of a volatile, drunken man prevail over one of Wales’ greatest literary figures. One of the public houses usually cited in Wales where Thomas regularly supped is the unchanged venue in West Wales, Browns Hotel. The common theme of men behaving badly runs, and will probably keep running, through time, and Browns current owner, Neil Morrissey is as Thomas wrote about the cast of his play, “not wholly bad or good”. The actor’s decision to purchase the 250 year old building was based on its connection to the poet and the stories which are sealed on both sides of the beer stained wooden bar. Visit Browns today and imagine Thomas sitting in the corner, alone with a notebook, scribbling down memorable words and phrases springing from the mouths of locals. These were perhaps used as inspiration Thomas’s play for voices or ‘Under Milk Wood’. Although his fictional Llareggub, is not said to be based upon Laugherne, where Thomas is buried, Browns Hotel has welcomed faces such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton who acted in the film version of the radio play.

Written by  Sybilla Harvey.

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