Eros

Eros was named after the Greek god of love and a curious name for a small Welsh cottage. It was Dylan Thomas' first home with his new wife Caitlin, and they lived here from May to July 1938 when they were happy to escape to the much finer Seaview. Eros wasn't the modern cottage with large conservatory of today but a damp ramshackle fisherman's cottage - 'pokey and ugly with rooms like stained boxes'. There was no inside loo, so they used an 'earth lavatory'. Bathing was irregular as it meant swimming in the estuary or carrying water from a pump on the Grist. They were broke (as ever) and survived on a diet of cockles, rabbits and fish. Laugharne bookseller George Tremlett speaks of them being, '...the first hippies in Wales', and locals got used to 'Dylan in his dressing gown, walking down the hill..'

The summer of 1938 was a barren time for Dylan's craft - 'For three lean months now, no work done/In summer Laugharne among the cockle boats/And by the castle with the boatlike birds.' Poet and writer, and lifelong friend of Dylan, Vernon Watkins visited and recounted the tale of when celebrated author Richard Hughes called. One morning they heard two knocks on the door. 'That will be Hughes', said Dylan, giving the surname 'an accent of awe.' Standing in the doorway was, '... a figure tall and solemn, with a high white forehead and black curly beard, his powerful hands resting on a strong cane. I was quickly introduced... and then standing stock still opposite the window, like a sea-captain who has taken up a vantage point in a small boat, focusing, with an invisible telescope, or something none of us could see.' (The picture shows Hughes at the tiller of his boat.)



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