About Us

Geoff Haden has, for over twenty years, run Clyne Farm Centre - an activity and accommodation centre situated on one of the seven hills overlooking the "…long and splendid curving shore…" of Swansea Bay.

He grew up in the Swansea suburbs around The Uplands and played as a child in Cwmdonkin Park and so experineced at first hand Dylan's "...world within a world...".

Geoff reluctantly classes himself as 'mature in years' but is never reluctant to share and celebrate the restoration of the Edwardian suburban house at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive which has been a 'labour of love'.

When asked why he restored the rapidly decaying house the structural engineer very quickly answers "..because I'm mad - mad about Dylan's writings and mad that I didn't have the chance to restore the house sooner!"

As a chartered structural engineer Geoff has been involved in the restoration of a number of historic and listed buildings

Geoff manages the day to day running of the house together with a small team of volunteers. He also conducts personal house tours as well as guided tours to Dylan's haunts in Uplands, Swansea, Mumbles, Gower and Carmarthenshire. He has given talks on the house and Dylan's early life in this country and abroad.

He is the vice chairman of the Dylan thomas Society and a founder member and board member of the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize for young writers sponsored by Swansea University

As part of his continuing 100 Voices for 100 Years Project, he is recording an archive of sound and video interviews with of people who have known or have been inspired by Dylan. He has talked to a diverse range of people from Emily, a maid who worked at Number 5 for five years when she was 15 and Dylan was 16, to Archbishop Rowan Williams and President Jimmy Carter.

If you know someone who would be a suitable person, in this country or abroad, to interview please contact Geoff at the Birthplace.