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Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive

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Many believe that the idyllic boat house at Laugharne in Carmarthenshire was the keeper of Dylan Thomas’ raging villanelles and stories. It seems however, that an Edwardian period house on the right side of Swansea would have something to say about this. Thomas wrote the majority of his work in his formative years, 20 of which he spent at Number 5. After the Thomas family’s departure, the house has taken on many an unlikely guise, including a dejected looking student bed-sit, where more reading from cereal boxes rather than anthologies was probably accomplished. Since then, a couple with a concern for the ‘son of Swansea’s’ heritage have decided to restore the property into the style of self catering accommodation set in 1914, the year of Thomas’s birth. In effort to capture the initial images which framed the poet’s thoughts and later life, the Edwardian period has been reintroduced. Emerald green walls surround a phonogram and upstairs a cast iron toilet stands in the same room were Thomas would have had his first shave. Upon arrival you’ll receive a copy of a 1914 newspaper and enter an age defiant of change where no televisions, radios or phones exist. 5 Cwmdonkin Drive plans to host literary events as well, and it seems that in this terraced house overlooking the tides of Swansea, there is no better place to start.

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Written by  Sybilla Harvey.

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“House of the rhyming son”

By Niall Griffiths for The Guardian. First published 29th November 2008. The Dylan Thomas industry rumbles on. The Edge of Love. Laugharne and New Quay, where he spent time, have been museum'd and heritage-trail'd. Regarding the writing, the barrel has… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Guardian, 29th November 2008

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Great piece - as Niall Griffiths points out in his article the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire marketing machimne has hi jacked Dylan Thomas who spent over half his life in Number 5.

In fact all of Dylan's work can be traced back to Swansea, The Uplands and this house - one day his home city may wake up to the fact - 'times they are a changing' as another Dylan sang.

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