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Dylan Thomas' childhood bedroom, where he wrote most of his published work, is re-opened by granddaughter

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

Hannah Ellis at the desk in her grandfather's bedroom in No. 5 Cwmdonkin Drive.

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THE small bedroom where Dylan Thomas wrote most of his published work has been reopened by his granddaughter.

Hannah Ellis unveiled the room at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive in Uplands, which has been refashioned as it would have been in 1934 —  just after Thomas's first book, 18 Poems, was published.

She said: "Throughout his life my grandfather was at his most productive when he had his own little space and this was the forerunner of them all so I am sure that it will become a major point of pilgrimage in his centenary year."

The restored house was reopened by Dylan's late daughter Aeronwy in 2008 and is open for house tours, events and overnight stays.

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The transformation of the bedroom was masterminded by Matthew Hughes following extensive research.

He said: "All the books, papers and artefacts are those that are mentioned or are similar to those that Dylan would have had in his tiny bedroom including a copy of his favourite childhood book Struwwelpeter and the Boy's Own Paper.

"For Christmas 1933 his great friend Daniel Jones gave him a copy of The Koran and the same year his first girlfriend Pamela Hansford Johnson gave him a box of 50 Players cigarettes."

Geoff Haden, owner of the property, has now launched an appeal for information and memorabilia to complete the room.

He said: "By piecing together what other people recall about the house, as well as Dylan's own writings, we have ensured that this first writing room is more authentic than any other Dylan-related place.

"However, we are still looking for little anecdotes and items from the period that will help tell the story. We would love to have, for instance, the loan of an old Swansea Grammar School blazer and cap, photographs and school records will all add to the atmosphere of the room. It is wonderful people have the opportunity to see this room which gives such a good impression of what it might have been like."

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