On Dylan’s 70th, re-experience Dylan in ’69

The production of 69ers is well advanced and I intend to have it published on May 24th, Dylan’s 70th birthday. The book will be available through Amazon and regular UK bookstores at £6.99; the Welsh Books Council have agreed to distribute it throughout Wales.

The cover price is the cheapest possible given the need to cover the cost of production and allow for the cut taken by retailers. I could do it cheaper if I had thousands more copies printed, but despite my great faith in this book, that is a risk I cannot afford!

However, I shall also be selling the book via this site and personal appearances, and this will be at a heavy discount.

No plans to bring out an e-book yet. The cover picture has already cost me £274 and will be even more for electronic use!

Speaking of which, my young adult thriller The Last Free Cat is due to come out as an e-book shortly: a publisher is also about to bring out the book in the USA.

I’m appearing at the Hay-on-Wye festival on June 4th (2.30pm, the Hexagon), talking about one of my kids’ books. I’m sure I’ll have a couple of copies of 69ers with me.

Update: this site now has a new easy-to-remember domain address: http://www.dylan69.com.

IOW69: the Welsh connection

I recently heard that I’m on the shortlist for the 2011 Tir Na Nog award for best English language children’s book with a Welsh connection (Mutiny on the School Ship Bounty). There’s also a Welsh connection to the Isle of Wight festival of 1969 – besides the fact that Bob Dylan took his name from Wales’s most famous poet, Dylan Thomas.

Tommy Farr of the Rhondda, considered by many the greatest British heavyweight boxer, was the father of the 1969 MC, Rikki Farr, the most prevalent voice in Woodside Bay, and Gary Farr, one of the performers on that famous weekend. Tommy fought Joe Louis at the height of his powers, and in many people’s minds was cheated of victory. Rikki, who gets a fair few mentions in 69ers, emigrated to the States after his moment in the IOW sun, while Gary sadly died of a heart attack in 1994.

The next article I post will give the publication date of 69ers and details of how you can get the book.