Dylan Thomas notebook

Dylan Thomas “Holy Grail” notebook comes home to Swansea

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Swansea University has successfully ensured that a recently rediscovered Dylan Thomas notebook will remain in Wales and be accessible to scholars.

In December 2014, the University successfully bid £85,000 at an auction in Sotheby’s for the notebook, which lay forgotten in a drawer for decades before recently coming to light.

It is one of five notebooks used by Dylan Thomas – the other four are in the State University of New York at Buffalo. Professor John Goodby, international Dylan Thomas expert and editor of the centenary edition of his poems, described it as “the holy grail of Thomas scholars” and the most exciting discovery since the poet’s death in 1953.

The notebook will be kept in the University’s Richard Burton Archives, which already house Burton’s diaries and other papers, bequeathed to the University by his widow Sally, and other important items including the papers of academic and writer Raymond Williams, and the South Wales Coalfield Collection. The archives are open to all by appointment.

Professor Iwan Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, said:

“As the University is the poet's birthplace, and sponsor of the International Dylan Thomas Prize, it is fitting that we have been able to ensure that this notebook stays in Wales and is accessible to scholars. The notebook will be a wonderful addition to our already extensive and important archive collection."

See these links

Dylan Thomas materials in Swansea University library


About the International Dylan Thomas prize for young writers, sponsored by Swansea University


Find out about our work to mark the 2014 centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth