The Useful Presents – Christmas gift ideas for Dylan Thomas Fans

With the festive season coming up we’ve put our minds to some present ideas for Dylan Thomas fans.

Book : A Child’s Christmas In Wales

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Dylan’s timeless Christmas classic, beautifully illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.  Published by Orion Children’s Books.
Available from bookshops. RRP £5.99 www.orionbooks.co.uk

Visit : A Tour or Stay at the Dylan Thomas birthplace

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A visit to Dylan’s birthplace in Swansea is perhaps the ultimate treat for a Dylan Thomas fan.
Have a tour around the beautifully restored Edwardian home or better still book for a self-catering stay and sleep in Dylan’s bedroom.
www.5cwmdonkindrive.com Tel: 01792 472555

Dylan Thomas Society membership

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Join the Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain and share your enjoyment of the life and work of Dylan Thomas. The Society organises an annual birthday luncheon in Swansea with special guest speaker, and participates in the annual wreath-laying at Dylan’s memorial in Westminster Abbey.
Membership for 2014 is £10 (£15 for a couple) www.thedylanthomassocietyofgb.co.uk or for more information email info@thedylanthomassocietyofgb.co.uk

Event : A Dylan Odyssey Tour

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With the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth being celebrated in 2014, take the opportunity to join one of a number of unique tours organised by Literature Wales. The tours explore areas where Dylan lived and worked and are led by well-known experts and artists.  Explore the richness of Welsh landscapes, hospitality, culture and gastronomy by boat, canoe, horse drawn carriage, bus, steam train, on foot and on horseback.
www.literaturewales.org/a-dylan-odyssey

Book : Dylan Thomas : The Pubs

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This new book by leading Dylan Thomas expert Jeff Towns takes a look at Dylan’s relationship with pubs through a pictorial tour of some of his favourite watering holes. Packed full of fascinating information, quotations from Dylan’s work and letters, photographs, and Wyn Thomas’ lovely illustrations.
Available in bookshops or from publisher Y Lolfa. RRP Paperback  £12.95 Hardback £19.95. www.ylolfa.com

CD : The Caedmon CD Collection

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Listen to Dylan Thomas reading from his and other’s works with the CD boxed set of the complete Dylan Thomas recordings. This must-have set is packed with highlights including Do Not Go Gentle, Fern Hill, Quite Early One Morning, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, and the only recording of Dylan performing Under Milk Wood. Lots of lesser known gems as well.
Available from bookshops and online. Guide price around £22. www.harpercollins.com

Visit : Stay at Brown’s Hotel, Laugharne

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Dylan’s favourite watering hole in Laugharne has recently been refurbished to a high standard and re-opened as a ‘bar with rooms’. A great place to stay whilst exploring Dylan’s Carmarthenshire.
Rooms from £75 per night. www.browns-hotel.co.uk

Visit : Peter Blake Llarregub exhibition at Cardiff

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Sir Peter Blake’s 28-year labour of love to illustrate Dylan’s Under Milk Wood is finally on show, and it’s a spectacular one. Visit Cardiff Museum before March 17th 2014 and see this landmark exhibition of drawings, watercolours, and mixed media.
Free entry. www.museumwales.ac.uk

Book : The Poetry of Dylan Thomas : Under The Spelling Wall

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Professor John Goodby’s landmark critical study of the poetry of Dylan Thomas is a major new contribution to the academic study of Dylan’s work. This one is for the serious fan.
Published by Liverpool University Press. RRP £75 www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/

Theatre : Under Milk Wood 

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Book tickets for Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s major new production of Under Milk Wood, on tour during 2014. www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

Gift : Dylan Thomas Book Box

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Brecon’s The Hours Bookshop and Cafe have put together this lovely booky hamper complete with Dylan Thomas books, notecards, mug and other literary goodies.
Prices from £35  www.the-hours.co.uk Tel: 01874 622800

Visit : Dylan’s Birthday Walk in Laugharne

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Here’s a free event that’s open all year. Follow Dylan’s birthday walk in Laugharne and visit the places and views that inspired his writing.
www.dylanthomasbirthdaywalk.co.uk A smart phone app is available free from app stores.

Visit the Dylan Thomas Centre exhibition

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Another free event. Visit Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre and explore their fantastic collection of Dylan Thomas memorabilia. www.swansea.gov.uk/

Book : Vernon Watkins on Dylan Thomas

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This new title edited by Gwen Watkins and Jeff Towns features the prose writings of poet Vernon Watkins. This fascinating collection includes a substantial body of work devoted to his friend Dylan Thomas. Published by Parthian Books. Available in bookshops and online,
RRP £11.99 www.parthianbooks.com/

Book : Under Milk Wood illustrated by Sir Peter Blake

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This is Dylan’s Under Milk Wood illustrated by Sir Peter Blake. A beautifully presented large format paperback with over 100 illustrations.
Published by Enitharmon Press.
RRP £30. www.enitharmon.co.uk

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