Author(s): Aeronwy Thomas
In 1949, after years of nomadic existence, nine-year-old Aeronwy Thomas and her family arrived at the Boat House in Laugharne, a small village on the Welsh coast. Here her father, the poet Dylan Thomas and mother, Caitlin, hoped to find peace, a place to settle and work. In Laugharne, Dylan began some of his most famous works, including "Under Milk Wood". Mornings were spent in Brown's Hotel, listening to the gossip at Ivy William's kitchen table. In the afternoons, Caitlin would lock the poet into a shed in the garden, where he sat speaking his verse aloud as he wrote, or composed begging letters to patrons and friends. Often he would head off to London, and old haunts. Little Aeronwy enjoyed the new world around her. In the Boat House, ruled over by Caitlin, there was baby Colm and in the holidays visits from big brother Llewellyn, as well as Dolly, the cleaner and cook, and the house became a refuge for village characters, including Booda the deaf, mute ferry man.
The highly acclaimed memoir of growing up with Dylan Thomas
Aeronwy Thomas is the only daughter of Dylan Thomas and Caitlan. She was a poet as well as a worldwide ambassador for her father's work, and president of the Dylan Thomas Society. She frequently travelled and lectured on her parents and her own poetry. She died in July 2009.