Dylan Thomas was born on October 27th 1914 and died on November 9th 1953 at the age of 39. He lived in Wales and England and travelled to Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Iran and America. Though his life was short he completed a wealth of work including: hundreds of poems, surreal short stories, beautiful broadcasts about his childhood,  a novel and a play-for-voices… all of which were written before he was forty.

In this section you will learn about Dylan’s life and discover the young writer, the actor, the film-maker, the broadcaster and the director, but also observe that he was a meticulous craftsman, ambitious, industrious, contemporary, hugely talented and, at times, introverted. See how the legend of Dylan Thomas was first created by Dylan himself and then how it has been developed and exaggerated since his death.

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1910s & 1920s

Dylan was born on October 27th 1914 in Swansea. Learn about the impact his early years in Wales had on his development as a writer and discover why in later years he wrote so much about his childhood.

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This was one of Dylan’s most productive periods as a writer as he wrote hundreds of early drafts of some of his most famous poems.  Discover how he ambitiously made a name for himself in the literary circles in London, and at the same time, met his wife, had his first child and accepted the fact that the world was at war once again.

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Dylan spent this period living between England and Wales.  He was working as a film-maker during the war and observed the blitz in London and on his hometown, Swansea. He wrote poetry to try to comprehend what he had seen, while also producing nostalgic broadcasts about his childhood for the radio.    Discover the lasting impact of the war on Dylan and why he was keen to permanently return home to Wales.

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