Dylan's Replica Shed to Head across Irish Sea; It Was the Unassuming Shed Which Inspired Some of the Greatest Poetry of the 20th Century. Now, a Replica of the Famous Laugharne Writing Shed Is on Its Way to Ireland to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Dylan Thomas, Writes Rachael Misstear

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Dylan's Replica Shed to Head across Irish Sea; It Was the Unassuming Shed Which Inspired Some of the Greatest Poetry of the 20th Century. Now, a Replica of the Famous Laugharne Writing Shed Is on Its Way to Ireland to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Dylan Thomas, Writes Rachael Misstear


OVERLOOKING the estuary water of Carmarthenshire's River Taf - not far from the Boathouse home where he lived the last four years of his life - Dylan Thomas penned some of his most famous work in his little writing shed.

The building has become synonymous with Thomas, an attraction that - along with the Boathouse - attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Laugharne each year.

And while the original shed remains in Wales, a replica has been touring the UK as part of the national festival to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Thomas' birth.

It has largely been taken to schools in an effort to stir interest among young people in the writer and his poetry.

Now it is setting sail - to pay a visit to Ireland, heading across the Irish Sea to the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

The shed will set sail on board the Stena Europe from Fishguard to Ireland courtesy of Stena Line ferries. The shed - complete with curled pictures on the walls, boiled sweets on the desk and the poet's jacket still hanging on the back of his chair - is on tour as part of Dylan Thomas 100, the year-long festival commemorating the centenary of the great Welsh writer's birth.

Thomas' wife Caitlin's family hailed from County Clare and their grand-daughter Hannah Ellis said the visit was a worthy one.

She said: "Given my grandparents' connection with the country, I am really pleased to see the Dylan Thomas centenary and my grandfather's work being celebrated in Ireland in this way. Ireland shares a language as well as a strong poetic tradition with Wales."

There will be a number of special events taking place in and around the shed for festival-goers to enjoy, from creative writing workshops for teenagers delivered by awardwinning Welsh and Irish poets, Poetry take-aways, a Dylan Thomas Poetry Soapbox with a surprise line-up of readers and, in honour of Dylan's love for words, the public will be invited to invent their own new word to be added to the Dictionary for Dylan, which the shed is adding to wherever it goes. …

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