A Child’s Christmas in Wales

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

Introduced by Kate Lewis (via her window display at Hay-on-Wye Booksellers)

A different kind of post for Christmas Day. Today’s book is introduced via a bookshop window display in Hay.

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The inspiration for the window display at Hay-on-Wye Booksellers was a ‘Memories of Christmas’ radio script by Dylan Thomas. This script was the basis for the now well-known book ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’. [Click here to read about how A Child’s Christmas in Wales came to be published – it’s quite a story.]

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Kate Lewis, who is a recent addition to the team at Hay-on-Wye Booksellers, used lines from the script and wrote them onto bunting. This was strung across the three windows of the bookshop. In the centre is a flickering fire and beside it, a rocking chair with a miniature edition of A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

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The last words on the bunting capture the magic and enchantment of Christmas for children as remembered by Dylan – “a never to be forgotten day at the end of an unremembered year.”

The window display won first prize in the 2015 ‘small display’ and ‘overall winner’ categories in the annual Christmas window dressing competition organised by Hay Chamber of Commerce.

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Kate’s reaction to the shop winning the window display competition was: “Thanks Dylan for the imagery. It’s nostalgia. It’s about reaching people and telling stories which is what Dylan did so well.”

“Oh, and the bit I’m most proud of?? Dylan’s forged signature by my fake whisky … ha!”

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Additional information for this blog was sourced from Lesley Arrowsmith’s Life in Hay blog and Anita Howells’ article in the Brecon & Radnorshire Express.

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The jacket cover for A Child’s Christmas in Wales shown in this post is from the 1976 edition, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.

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