There are so many strange and wonderful connections and coincidences; shared passions and associations that tie these two cultural icons – BOB DYLAN and DYLAN THOMAS together.

Fifty-two years ago, author Jeff Towns opened his first bookstore in Swansea – he called it Dylans Bookshop – a youthful homage to the poet Dylan Thomas born and raised in Swansea, an author he admired. Eight years before that, in 1962, (when he had never really heard of Dylan Thomas), he had bought his first ever LP record, Bob Dylan’s first ever LP release. Jeff read that his new hero had been born Robert Zimmerman but had changed his name to BOB DYLAN, a homage to a Welsh poet named DYLAN THOMAS.

London co-author K G Miles has been inspired by BOB DYLAN since being an awestruck child at Bob’s Isle of Wight Festival in 1969. He is now the co-curator the of the Dylan Room at London’s Troubadour Club and was honoured to address the inaugural conference at the Tulsa Archive in 2019.

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The London Welsh Centre, 157 – 163 Grays Inn Rd, WC1X 8UE


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