40,000 copies of the book have been printed especially for World Book Night
The World Book Night comes to the birthplace of Dylan Thomas at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea on Saturday (5th March 2.00 – 8.00 pm) with 48 copies of the award winning novel Fingersmith by Welsh author Sarah Waters to be given away.
Anne Haden from Dylan Thomas House has organised the event and says “These are brand new books printed specially for World Book Night and we’re looking to give the books away to those who might not normally be able to get out and buy a book”.
“The books are absolutely free and part of the giveaway of one million books to encourage people to read and I chose Fingersmith as I read it when it was first published and enjoyed its great storyline and craftsmanship.
“This is a great opportunity as we all know someone who can’t get out easily, whose local library has closed or who can’t afford to buy a book.
“Nominating a person with us means they can come to the birthplace of Dylan Thomas, meet other people, receive their book and become one in a million.
“Maybe there is someone who hasn’t read a book for a while and this will rekindle their interest.
“We’re planning a follow up event in a month when we hope they will all come along, exchange their views and perhaps some of their favourite books.”
Anne Haden says that she thinks Dylan would have approved of the event “Dylan would have loved this – having a contemporary book for free and passing it on to others.”
The book is set in 19th century England and is the story of two orphans from very different backgrounds and was adapted for television by the Cardiff born writer Andrew Davies who is currently enjoying the limelight with his adaptation of South Riding. Andrew Davies also has a Dylan Thomas connection as he is on the judging panel of the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Because of the likely demand the books are available for collection on a first come, first served basis and need to be reserved by phone or email before the event.
Anne Haden 01792 472555 or firstname.lastname@example.org