CELEBRATING DYLAN THOMAS’ S CENTENARY YEAR

with…..Something Different, The Shed!

Friends of Chester Literature Festival sponsored a free event to celebrate the poet’s  centenary year. A scaled down replica of his iconic Writing Shed was placed in the Town Hall Square for two days. Cestrians flocked to visit it and to soak up its unique atmosphere. It seemed as if the poet had just left his shed for a moment. On his desk were facsimiles of his lists of words, which he always created to be used later for his poetry, alongside some boiled sweets and an overflowing ashtray.   The original shed sits above the Boathouse in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, where Thomas lived for four years before he died in 1953. Creators of the replica shed have paid close attention to detail right down to the curling faded pictures on the wall.
Visitors to the shed had the opportunity to invent a new word and definition which will be published in a “Dictionary of Dylan,” in recognition of his great love of words. On Friday, poet Glyn Edwards took his place in the shed and wrote poems for visitors. On Saturday, many Friends gathered in “The Coach House” for a glass of wine and to listen to readings from Dylan Thomas’ work presented by two accomplished Welsh bards, Evan Jones and David Subacchi, aided and abetted by Friends , Ray, Derek, Carol and Helen.   (Carol Archer)