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DYLANS BOOKSTORE SWANSEA – An ARTHUR MACHEN List – A small group of Machenalia from the library of the late  Geoffrey Wooley, who was born in Tredegar in 1915 and for 30 years, from 1953 until 1982, edited the highly influential Letters Page of The Times newspaper. He was a keen bibliophile and book collector […]

The Good Life Festival 2016

The Danish call it Hygge. Simple pleasures. Warmth. Comfort. The #GoodLifeExperience is totally Hygge. A big warm Welsh hygge as Summer welcomes Autumn. Listening to Mike Garry perform his St. Anthony on a Sunday afternoon with a four piece string quartet whilst drinking a pint of Good Life Ale is definitely hygge. Baskets and bundles of free […]


Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814), Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch (27 January 1836 – 9 March 1895) and Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) Three writers not often mentioned in the same heavy breath but a recent addition to my Dylan Thomas collection has prompted me to think along these lines. Fresh […]

DYLAN THOMAS AND NELSON ALGREN – the Philosopher of Beer meets the Man with the Golden Arm

    On his second reading tour to America in 1952, the only visit he made with his wife Caitlin along too, Dylan Thomas revisited Chicago to give a reading for Poetry Magazine. He had read at the University on his first tour and told John Malcolm Brinnin, his unofficial ‘tour manager’,that it was the only mid-West […]

Dylan Thomas, Sherlock Holmes & the case of the Stolen Conversation

Dylan Thomas, Sherlock Holmes & the case of the Stolen Conversation A STARTLING CASE OF WORD-THEFT HAS JUST COME TO LIGHT FEATURING some of the words of Arthur Conan Doyle.  As you would expect Holmes is on the case and a suspect has already been identified – none other than Welsh wordsmith DYLAN THOMAS! Thomas […]