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 twice the size of Wales.

9.30am

Pengam Primary School 


Never Such Innocence

Commemorating the First World War through poetry & art. Launched in Wales at Velvet Coalmine 2016.

9.30am

Libanus Primary School


Taekwon-do Demonstration

Taekwon-do demonstration with the founder of Taekwondo-Wales, Peter Kent Marrast.

9.30am

Markham Primary School


Helen Grant_optHelen Grant Creative Writing Workshop

Helen Grant is a poet from Wales who studied poetry at Columbia College Chicago, and has performed with the UK’s leading spoken word organisation Hammer and Tongue.

9.30am

Cefn Fforest Primary School

 


Size of Wales

1pm

Fleur-de-lis Primary School


Music Mayhem

Noise, melody and tub-thumping at Libanus.

1pm

Libanus Primary School


Dina Williams: Anansi Stories Play in a Day

1pm

Pengam Primary School


At Costa

Costa Coffee hosts…

Sophie McKeand

Young People’s Laureate Wales ‘In Performance’.

6pm

Costa Coffee


Ceri Thompson

Big Pit’s Ceri Thompson discusses the life of Dr Henry Naunton Davies, a man who became surgeon to 11 mines in the Rhondda Valley.

6.30pm

Costa Coffee

College Day

Events at Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys Campus

Careers in Publishing Workshop

Simone Greenwood

9.30 – 10.30am


Creative Writing Workshop for Young Women

Rachel Long

10.30 – 11.30am


Organsising a Festival: How to get started

Iain Richards

11.30am – 12.30pm


Toby Gentle and the Winter Assassin

Book reading and signing with C.G. Hickling

12.30 – 1.30pm


Gwent Archives: Crosskeys local history

Gwent Archives is a local authority archive that collects and preserves any documents that relate to the old county of Gwent. Featuring photographs, maps, adverts and more, the Archives will demonstrate Blackwood and the surrounding areas from a hundred years ago, the impact of the First and Second World Wars and the changing face of Blackwood High Street.”

1.30 – 2.30pm


Vern Griffiths: Building Character (acting workshop)

Using physicality to create compelling characters

1.30 – 2.30pm


World Rugby: the problems, the solutions and where Wales fits in – open discussion

Iain Richards

1.30 – 2.30pm


POWER//LINES LLINELLAU//PWER

Young People’s Laureate Wales Sophie McKeand is launching a poetry revolution for 14 – 25 year olds at this year’s Velvet Coalmine Festival. P O W E R // L I N E S offers an opportunity for young people across Wales to explore and express their identity; a platform for a generation to speak out about what shapes them, what moves them, and how they see their future. The anthology will be published in 2018 by Burst in partnership with Full Circle Education & with support from Literature Wales and Coleg Gwent.

1.30 -2.30pm


Do you want to work in the music industry?

Estelle Wilkinson has worked in the UK and International music industry for the best part of two decades. After working for a few Manchester bands including, Happy Monday’s and much loved Intastella. Estelle started working with Coldplay near the beginning of their career when their first album Parachutes shot to number 1 and became their Manager from 2002-06. Currently engaged by Damon Albarn’s management team Eleven to project manage Demon Dayz Festival. Estelle has aslo set up ‘Talks on Tour’ that offers young people aged 16-24 a unique opportunity to learn about the music industry and the variety of roles involved from the crew and teams ‘behind the scenes’ of major artists touring the UK including Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Gorillaz by holding talks at a venue on a show day. Estelle sat on the board of the Welsh Music Foundation and was last year awarded the Blackwood Civic Award alongside Iain Richards for supporting Iain in his role as founder of Velvet Coalmine. To find out more visit the facebook page @talksontour or follow on Twitter.

Estelle Wilkinson & Niamh Byrne

2.30pm


Amy Johnson: Last Flight Out

A play by Jenny Lockyer (See below)

Tickets: £5 at the College

4pm

Amy Johnson: Last Flight Out

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Amy Johnson was born in the year the Wright Brothers made their first flight and into an age where the romantic heights of flying captured her heart, becoming the second woman in the world to train and qualify as a ground engineer and the first to fly solo from England to Australia. She lived her life for adventure and the future of aviation.

In a whirl of mixed memories, desires, wishes and ambitions we find out about Amy’s life and start to see how she engineered her dreams into reality.

This is a brand new play written and performed by Jenny Lockyer and directed by Vern Griffiths

 

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“Beautifully written, wonderfully human, touching portrayal” (@katierosewindow)

“Inventive approach…brave performance” (@pamidiva)

“Exceptional – a tour de force” (@MrsJ_o_n_e_s)


 

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