Tag: Visit Wales

Dylan Thomas centenary for Visit Wales and Telegraph Travel



This year marks the centenary of the birth of the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas [pictured above as part of Sir Peter Blake’s Llareggub exhibition].

I’ve been busily picking up commissions on the theme.

One of these projects was a series of blog posts for a microsite sponsored by Visit Wales and positioned within the Telegraph Travel site.

Each one of the short pieces – 100 posts for 100 years – focused on a narrow theme relating to Thomas.

I covered a range from his voice through to his often-forgotten sister, based on desk research, previous visits to Wales and interviews, bashing out roughly one per day for three weeks.

Catch up with my full set of stories as follows:

Dylan Thomas the actor

Nancy: Dylan Thomas’s forgotten sister

The Ceredigion years: walks that inspired Dylan Thomas

The appeal of Dylan Thomas’s voice

The magic of A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Dylan Thomas at the BBC

A Great Welsh Literary Tradition

A Thriving Cultural Heartland

Read the whole series at Visit Wales: Dylan Thomas centenary


Wales Coast Path blog for Visit Wales


Like most freelancers, I’ve been spreading my editorial wings as traditional commissions get scarcer.

Writing content for travel websites is one of my new directions and the following set of links to five blog posts I created for Visit Wales are a good example of where I’d like to go.

The work was rewarding, the discipline of working online stimulating and the good, old-fashioned principles of angles, accuracy and telling a personal story transferred well to the new medium.

The ideas was simple. To walk sections of the then-forthcoming Wales Coast Path (more about the opening), meet some local characters for human interest and include lots of local colour, combining elements of travel and nature writing.

The feedback I received from Visit Wales indicates that it was well received, generated lots of comments and social-media interaction and, generally, proved to be a good read.

Jane Harris, who works in Media Relations for Visit Wales, said:

“The blogs were produced were beautifully written, well researched and came together with associated Flicker images. I understand that no editing was required before uploading to WordPress. Work from David is always produced with said time frame.”

The five posts, written between February and May 2012, are as follows:

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Visit Wales autumn campaign for the Daily Telegraph

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I was working on a series of articles for Visit Wales over the autumn of 2012, the results of which appeared both in print and online.

The brief was to highlight autumn activities and attractions in Wales, combining compelling writing with practical, insider-gem information.

To read more, go to the Telegraph’s microsite.

What’s your favourite place for an autumn break in Wales?
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