I can’t wait for this: Jeff Towns and his mobile book shop/ book bus was one of the first things I’ve encountered at the Laugharne Festival. The man has a few stories to tell. Definitely a festival highlight.
Sunday 14:00 Angel Inn ADVENTURES IN THE BOOK TRADE
Jeff Towns on being an itinerant Bookseller
An illustrated ramble through the History of Dylans Bookstore from its inauspicious small beginnings in 1970 at 75 High Street Swansea ( rent 10 shillings a week) through years of itinerant bookselling at Book Fairs in London and all around the Uk and then on to Canada, USA, Malta and Amsterdam . With references to famous and infamous customers – Mick Jagger, President Jimmy Carter. Mandy Rice Davies, Sir Peter Blake, Ian McKellen, Oliver Sacks et al . Ending with the reincarnation as a proper itinerant outfit with the establishment of Dylans Mobile Bookstore. Along the way Jeff Towns has edited and written a few books mainly relating to Dylan Thomas – which earned him the nick name “That Dylan Guy”
Dydd Sul 14.00 Gwesty’r Angel ANTURIAETHAU YN Y BUSNES LLYFRAU
Jeff Towns yn siarad am ei brofiad fel gwerthwr llyfrau teithiol.
Mae Jeff Towns yn un o arbenigwyr mwya’r byd ar Dylan Thomas. Mae’n gwerthu hen lyfrau ac yn byw yn nhref y bardd sef Abertawe. Yn wreiddiol roedd Jeff yn adnabyddus fel ‘Jeff y Llyfrau’, bellach fe’i hadweinir fel ‘Y Bachan Dylan Thomas’.
Jeff Towns is one of the world’s leading Dylan Thomas experts. An antiquarian bookdealer by trade, based in the poet’s home-town of Swansea, Jeff was originally known, both locally & globally, as ‘Jeff the Books’. He is now known simply, affectionately and professionally as ‘The Dylan Thomas Guy’.