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News and Notes: Dylan Thomas house restored

If poet Dylan Thomas were still alive, he would have turned 94 today.

So news of the completed renovation of the Swansea house where he was born and resided for 20 years seems all the more appropriate.

Though the picturesque boat house at Laugharne in Carmarthenshire is more often associated with the Welsh poet best known for “A Child’s Christmas In Wales,” “Under Milk Wood” and “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” among other works, it was his birthplace where he produced two thirds of his work before dying at age 39.

According to the BBC, a Swansea businessman and his wife have worked for three years to restore the Edwardian house overlooking the sea to the way it would have looked when Thomas lived there.

“It’s the place where the finest poet of the 20th Century lived for 20 odd years of his very short life and wrote two thirds of his output,” Geoff Harden, the man behind the refurbishment, told BBC News.

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