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Friday 15th

Ifor Ap Glyn in 2013 5PM National Poet of Wales Ifor Ap Glyn In performance. Tickets £1 on the door Blackwood Primary School 7PM New Writing festival   An evening of new writing, starting with: ...
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Fri 15th

Dina Williams: Anansi Stories Fast Forward 9.30am Markham Primary School Gwent Archives Gwent Archives is a local authority archive that collects and preserves any documents that relate to the old county of...
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2017 in pictures

Jade Jones at Fleur-de-lis Community Centre Comedy Night at Blackwood Little Theatre Tongue Fu at Blackwood Little Theatre Zim Voices with Newbridge Ladies Choir at Blackwood Methodist Church Africa Writes poets at The Sirhowy ...
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Tuesday 12th

5 & 6.30PM Jade Jones At 19 years old Jade Jones became Great Britain’s first ever Taekwon-do athlete to win gold at the Olympics during London 2012. She was later awarded an MBE, after being named among the 2013 New Year’s hono...
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Sat 16th

10AM Bursting With Creativity Simone Greenwood founder of Burst Publishing leads a creative writing workshop for children Simone is the founder of Burst, a new children’s and young adults’ publisher based in Caerphilly. She is passi...
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Thurs 14th

School Day Dina Williams: Anansi Stories Play in a Day 9.30am Fleur-de-lis Primary School Size of Wales Size of Wales is a conservation charity that brings people in Wales together to help protect an area of tropical forest t...
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Wed 13th

School Day School Events The Roper Prize for Literature Simone Greenwood of Burst Publishing introduces this year’s topic ‘Our Future’ for the second year of The Roper Prize for Literature won in 2016 ...
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Tues 12th

9.30AM Dina Williams: Anansi stories Play in a day Originally from Blackwood Dina Williams returned 3 years ago after 28 years spent in London. During that time Dina joined Chickenshed, an inclusive theatre company in North London, as a...
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Sun 10th

2PM-3.30PM African Books to Inspire: Buchi Emecheta Book Club Buchi Emecheta (1944 – 2017) was a Nigerian author who received great acclaim for her work both in the UK and Nigeria, as the author of more than 20 books. In this bookclub...
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Sat 9th

  10am-12.30PM Creative Writing for Teachers A morning to develop tools and techniques for creative writing. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a total new-comer, all are welcome to this interactive workshop facilitated by Be...
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Fri 8th

Clockwise from top left: Afrikult, Belindaa Zhawi, Victoria Adukwei Bull, Nick Makoha Throughout the schoolday Africa Writes Young Voices Creative Writing Workshops A series of dynamic creative writing workshops for Key Stage 2 st...
Tongfu

Thurs 7th

3.30PM Tongue Fu for Kids Velvet Coalmine 2017 kicks off with Tongue Fu for Kids, a brand new show from the acclaimed Tongue Fu team – Created for children aged 7-11 and their grown ups, developed in partnership with London’s Southbank. Blac...
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ABOUT VELVET COALMINE

As the South-Wales economy becomes increasingly dependent on Cardiff and the sprawling Cardiff ‘City Region’ concept, towns in the Valleys face an uncertain future. With a rapidly improving infrastructure in place to accelerate the Cardiff commu...
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Mon 11th

9.30AM Dina Williams: Anansi stories Play in a day Originally from Blackwood Dina Williams returned 3 years ago after 28 years spent in London. During that time Dina joined Chickenshed, an inclusive theatre company in North London, as a...
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Into The Ark

Important Announcement Due to a reschedule of Into The Ark's commitments we have had to bring their headline gig forward a week. This means, unfortunately, Mynyddislwyn Male Voice Choir cannot get the numbers for this new date so have had to pull ...
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Thursday 7th

7.30 - 9.30PM Velvet Coalmine Opening Party Featuring Tongue Fu and Africa Writes poets Belinda Zhawi, Rachel Long, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, and Blackwood’s very own clare e. potter. Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word shows, a ri...
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Press release 2017

The search is on for Welsh amateur playwrights UPDATE: Competition now closed Velvet Coalmine arts festival in Blackwood and Blackwood Little Theatre have launched a one act amateur playwriting competition to inspire writers from acro...
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Press Release 2017

The search is on for Welsh amateur playwrights Velvet Coalmine arts festival in Blackwood and Blackwood Little Theatre have launched a one act amateur playwriting competition to inspire writers from across Wales. Velvet Coalmine, a mu...