Tenby is on the West Wales trail for travellers tracing the footsteps of Dylan Thomas. The 2008 film The Edge of Love was filmed a little up the coast in Newquay, Ceredigion, and Thomas spent much of his life in this beautiful and inspirational part of the world.
Towards the end of his life Dylan visited Tenby for an important solo performance of ‘Under Milk Wood‘. The Tenby & District Arts Club, a lively literary society, had first invited Dylan to speak to them in 1949 but it was not until 1953 – the last year of his life – that Dylan eventually made it. At this time he was between his third and fourth (fatal) trip to America and under great pressure from the BBC to complete his radio play. Thus it was then on October 2nd 1953 he used his visit to Tenby, probably his last engagement in Britain, to test out his greatest play. The performance took place in a local cafe, ‘The Salad Bowl’, and was by all accounts a great success. Few in the lucky audience that night would have realised that little more than a month later Dylan would lie dying in a New York Hospital.
This article can be found on the Dylan Thomas website.