National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Bust of Dylan Thomas


Type Sculpture

     Carved wooden bust on wooden base. Bust is set on circular stone plinth which can be used as seating.
          Dylan Thomas (1914-53) was born in Swansea and attended Swansea Grammar School. He spent fifteen months after leaving school as a junior reporter on the South Wales Daily Post. He moved to London in 1934 with publication of his first volume and a number of single poems. In 1937 he married Caitlin Macnamara and the following year moved to Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. During the Second World War he wrote radio scripts and took part in broadcast talks and readings for the BBC. Between 1946 and 1949 he lived in or near Oxford but returned to Wales, to the Boat House at Laugharne in May 1949. His growing reputation in the USA led to frequent lecture tours in the following years. He died in New York in November 1953 and his body was brought back for burial in the churchyard at Laugharne. A memorial stone was placed in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey in 1982. For further details see the entry on Thomas in 'The New Companion to the Literature of Wales' edited by Meic Stephens.


Carved in wood around base of bust: DYLAN 2000 THOMAS

Related works : See SWANSEA003: Statue of Dylan Thomas in Swansea Marina.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Wood 180cm high (includes stone seat)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road A4066
Precise location In car park near castle
A-Z ref None
OS ref SN302108
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details 2000
Commissioned by Laugharne Youth Club
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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