by Rob Jones
The Velvet Coalmine Festival weds the history and culture of our valleys with film, literature, music and more! Former Tonypandy Comprehensive School student Rhian Elizabeth and renowned Rhondda novelist Rachel Trezise spearhead the written word element. Rhian has written the acclaimed novel ‘Six Pounds Eight Ounces’ (published by Seren Books in 2014) and the superseding ‘Our Cardboard Binoculars’ which appeared in the Wales Arts Review: A Fiction Map of Wales Anthology. Rachel will actually interview Rhian at the festival on Sunday, September 6.

Dub War (who have played Ystrad Rhondda RFC), Glen Matlock (who has played with the Sex PIstols, Rich Kids and Iggy Pop), Radio 6 DJ Don Letts (who has also been a member of BAD and PIL) plus The Meat Puppets are amongst the sonic sparks at an event which runs this week at Blackwood Miners Institute and other venues in the neighbourhood on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until Sunday, September 6. For the exact line up details go to or call 01495 227206.