Two Coleg y Cymoedd students have achieved literary recognition from the worldâ€™s most well-known online book retailor, Amazon, who will stock their book exploring the South Wales Valleys during the 1984/5 minersâ€™ strikes.
Natalie Butts Thompson and Deborah Price, who are students at the collegeâ€™s Aberdare campus, are the co-authors of a fascinating new book exploring the adversities and community spirit of Rhondda Cynon Taf during the strike period.
Their book â€˜How Black were our Valleysâ€™, was officially launched at Coleg y Cymoeddâ€™s Aberdare Campus where the authors are both studying towards a Foundation Degree in English and History, which is run in partnership with the University of South Wales.
The book was started during Natalie and Deborahâ€™s work placement with the National Union of Mineworkers. During that placement, the pair were tasked with compiling case studies of those involved in the 1984/5 strike, which saw hundreds of miners across Wales and the UK downing tools in protest of Margret Thatcherâ€™s planned colliery closures.
Having travelled the length and breadth of the South Wales Valleys to interview ex-miners and their families, the authors realised that their work had ultimately provided the content for a book in its own right.
Speaking of her personal inspiration for the book, Natalie Butts Thompson, said: â€œWhen Margret Thatcher died, my youngest daughter didnâ€™t even know who she was. Itâ€™s important to keep the memories of these struggles alive as theyâ€™re an important part of Welsh history.â€
Commenting on the project, Deborah Price said: â€œWe learned of personal experiences and emotions that are still raw today. The whole experience was exciting and enjoyable.
â€œA lot of work went into getting the book ready for publishing, but because the topic was so interesting it didnâ€™t feel like work at allâ€
As a fitting tribute to the communities affected by the strikes, all profits from the bookâ€™s sale on amazon.co.uk will be donated to the South Wales Area Minerâ€™s Beneficiary Fund. The Fund provides assistance to ex-minors and their families.
To purchase your copy of â€˜How black were our Valleysâ€™ please visit: http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Black-Were-Valleys-Commemoration/dp/1495399494
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