The Black Lion Bar was a favourite for the great writer Dylan Thomas.
The works that Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) completed during his stay in New Quay include the poems, ‘Vision and Prayer’, ‘Holy Spring’, ‘Poem in October’, ‘Fern Hill’, and ‘A Refusal to Mourn the Death by Fire of A Child in London’.
The radio scripts, ‘Quite Early One Morning’ and ‘Memories of Christmas’, both written and narrated by Thomas were broadcast by the BBC. He also worked on other scriptwriting projects such as, Suffer Little Children and film biographies of, Robert Burns and Dr. Crippen, none of which were produced. However part of the script for Suffer Little Children was later used for the Diana Dors film, ‘Good Time Girl’.
‘Quite Early One Morning’ is thought to be the prequel to ‘Under Milkwood’
Later some of the poems would be published, to great acclaim, under the title ‘Deaths and Entrances’, and this collection was to mark him as one of the great poets of our time.
There are many memorabilia pieces of Dylan Thomas including books, photo’s posters and drawings.
The Dylan Thomas Trail
There is now a Dylan Thomas Trail which provides a lovely way to explore New Quay on foot. Taking in the terraces of fishing cottages and the locations referred to in his poems.
Poem in October
BY DYLAN THOMAS … begins ….
It was my thirtieth year to heaven
Woke to my hearing from harbour and neighbour wood
And the mussel pooled and the heron
The morning beckon
With water praying and call of seagull and rook
And the knock of sailing boats on the net webbed wall
Myself to set foot
In the still sleeping town and set forth…..
The Dylan Thomas Trail New Quay