I was fortunate yesterday to have been present at the unveiling of the Blue Plaque to the late great Welsh writer Dylan Thomas. The plaque, a project undertaken over a period of 8 years by Tenby Civic Society, is located on the Croft in Tenby at the site of what was once The Salad Bowl where Dylan gave a reading of Under Milk Wood to Tenby and District Arts Club in October 1953. Dylan had previously given readings of poems to the Arts Club in 149.
Welsh poet Raymond Garlick had been present at the second reading and wrote a poem about the reading:
“The scene was set/for speech, and nervously he stirred and spoke -/ shuffling the pack of papers on his knee,/at random drew one, stared at it and woke/into awareness. Now the sleeping town/under the wood of Wales sat up and sang,” (extract from Dylan Thomas in Tenby)