Dylan Thomas: Poems

Memorials

In Swansea's maritime quarter are the Dylan Thomas Theatre, home of the Swansea Little Theatre of which Thomas was once a member, and the former Guildhall built in 1825 and now occupied by the Dylan Thomas Centre, a literature centre, where exhibitions and lectures are held and setting for the annual Dylan Thomas Festival.[182] Outside the centre stands a bronze statue of Thomas, by John Doubleday.[183] Another monument to Thomas stands in Cwmdonkin Park, one of his favourite childhood haunts, close to his birthplace. The memorial is a small rock in an enclosed garden within the park[184] inscribed with the closing lines from Fern Hill.

Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means Time held me green and dying Though I sang in my chains like the sea.[184]

Thomas's home in Laugharne, the Boathouse, is a museum run by Carmarthenshire County Council.[185] Thomas's writing shed is also preserved.[78] In 2004 the Dylan Thomas Prize was created in his honour, awarded to the best published writer in English under the age of 30.[186] In 2005 the Dylan Thomas Screenplay Award was established. The prize, administered by the Dylan Thomas Centre, is awarded at the annual Swansea Bay Film Festival. In 1982 a plaque was unveiled in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.[187] The plaque is also inscribed with the last two lines of Fern Hill.

A bronze statue to mark the centenary of Thomas's birth, by Welsh sculptor Peter Nicholas, is planned for 2014.[188]


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