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Dylan Thomas 100 - New Quay 2014.
A hundred years after the birth of one of Wales' literary greats is a wonderful time to visit New Quay and celebrate the influence that the time he spent in the village and in other parts of Ceredigion played on his writing. Dylan Thomas, New Quay and 'Under Milk Wood' are firmly entwined. Dylan Thomas was truly inspired by the time he lived in New Quay. Thomas loved New Quay and he was deeply interested in the people that he met there. Stay at Penllwyn Holiday Cottages, celebrate Dylan Thomas 100 and learn about Thomas's life in New Quay. Take a guided tour of the Dylan Thomas Trail in New Quay.
Much evidence exists to suggest that his time in New Quay, in Cardigan Bay provided Dylan Thomas with much of the framework for the people and places of Llareggub in 'Under Milk Wood'. Much of Dylan Thomas's time in New Quay was spent chatting with the locals in and around the village and its hostelries. There are many close links that exist between real life people in New Quay and the characters in 'Under Milk Wood', surely more than just mere coincidence.
Today much of the charm that inspired Dylan Thomas still remains (albeit buldings may have altered functions) and you can still visit several of the pubs of New Quay where Dylan Thomas was a frequent attraction. These include the Black Lion (recently refurbished) where Dylan Thomas was socialising the night of the infamous shooting at Majoda.
Majoda enjoyed some wonderful sea views and inspired Thomas to some of his most memorable work. The Radio script 'Quite Early One Morning' and acclaimed poems such as 'The Conversation of Prayers', 'The Refusal to Mourn the Death of a Child...', and 'This side of the Truth'
Walk the Dylan Thomas Trail around New Quay to discover the sights and story of his time in Cardigan Bay. A guided tour along the trail can be arranged with advance notice if you require more information and commentary on Thomas's time in the area. A guided tour can be organised at a cost of £15 per person whilst staying at Penllwyn. (minimum of 2 people).
You may well have seen the film 'The Edge of Love' starring Mathew Rhys, Keira Knightly and Sienna Miller which tells the intriguing love story of Dylan Thomas , his wife Caitlin and Vera Killick (a close family friend of Dylan). This was filmed largely here in New Quay and encapsulates the charm of the little fishing village at the heart of Cardigan Bay.
Visit the Dylan Thomas 100 website for additional information on events during the year. 2014 will be a great time to celebrate the life of Dylan Thomas the writer, and where better to do it than in New Quay, a place he loved and a place that inspired him.
Why not book a stay and enjoy some of the following performances and events:
20/02 Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon at Theatre Mwldan
28/03 Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
09-12/04 Under Milk Wood: An Opera at Aberystwyth Arts Centre
03/05 Dylan Thomas Walk at Tregaron
28/06-20/12 Dylan - Multimedia Exhibition at the National Library of Wales
The exhibition at the National Library is definitely worth a visit.
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