Graduate of UCC and former teacher, critter of the Beacons and denizen of darkest Caerdydd. I am a 49 year old Welsh ex-pat currently residing in Portland Oregon. My hobbies include but are not limited to:- Standing at a window gazing vaguely into space. Sitting self-absorbed for hours on a crumbling armchair, Wales, Linux, Welsh History, Literature, Politics, Philosophy etc.
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Thank you Ceri, I had tour site from a getleman by the name of Mike Jenkins at a local authors night.I am from Merthyr tydfil,not too far from Cardiff.I worked as a miner at the Merthyr vale colliery for 21 years until the Conservative government were kind enough to close us down in 1989.I was involved in the 84 miners strike and have written a book about my experiences.The book is called the silent wheels:big boy's story and is available on Amazon/books.The book is not political but it tells of the comical things that happened to us during that long dark year.All the stories are true,and the book is based around my best friend,the big boy in the title.My other book is called the rage within and is completely different from the wheels.It is about a young boy who was not wanted by his violent alcoholic father.He went onto to be lured into a life of crime and was eventually framed by a a man that he thought was his friend for a murder he didn't commit.This book is also available on Amazon/books.I have also written some poetry some of which is mining related.
Ah great! Impressed you got some of those films in, a few I'd never heard of! The Last Days of Dolwyn is particularly poignant - made 23 years before Tryweryn. You could add 'House of America' to the list, also by Marc Evans.
Currently starting a blog to review any films with Welsh connection to the story from a Wales perspective and adding articles, so would love to get a review or two on this site.
I'd like to advertise with you, so I will email you soon.
It's a busy weekend for me though - I have 2 boys - Dylan & Thomas and it's Thomas' 8th birthday tomorrow. We've just had 11 of his friends around for his party. So I'll probably be in touch on Monday, when I've recovered from a weekend of 2 very excited boys screaming and shouting....
Hope you're well. Weather has improved here in Meifod I'm pleased to say. As I say I'm more than happy to take your offer and write a blog about The Seven and my journey to it. I've let Gomer know too and they're very happy about the idea. I've been reading your stuff on blog posting and tags etc but am fairly new to all this so would appreciate any advice you could give and maybe a good time for you to have it.
Would love to do that Ceri and my do you work fast. I hope people enjoy the book. It's not just for children. If there are any guidelines - especially in length please let me know. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Looking forward to it. Cheers. Steve
That's very good of you Ceri and I look forward to sharing much of what the site has to offer from other people. Plenty I"m sure. What I had in mind was some sort of article or something about how the Seven came to be written and linked with this part of Wales through my own experience of loss and my desire to help other people with it. This is partly what the book is about, especially for the 7-11 age group who I have done some work with on this in the past. I don't know whether this would suit or be appropriate but it would be nice to offer it. All the best and many thanks again and hope the weather you are is not quite so tempestuous as this part of Wales. Pob lwc. Steve
Thanks for your very warm welcome. I look forward to being part of your community. Wales is my adopted home since 2001 but I have always felt part of it which has led me to some interesting places and experiences over the years. As a writer, teacher and storyteller I usually share them with other people which I"m sure I'll do here. I've recently had a children's book published by a welsh publisher which seems like the final step into Wales after a long journey. It's set where I live which makes it even more special. best wishes to all from a happy Englishman in Wales. Diolch yn Fawr. Steve