2023: J.Willgoose Esq., 'Mining the South Wales Miners’ Library: telling the story of the Coalfields through music and memories'
J. Willgoose Esq., Mining the South Wales Miners’ Library: telling the story of the Coalfields through music and memories
Friday 20th October 2023, 6:30pm-8:00pm
The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University SA1 8EN
J. Willgoose, Esq. is the founder and principal songwriter of the London-based band Public Service Broadcasting. Since releasing their first EP, The War Room, in 2012, the band have used archive material, field recordings, original material and literature to re-tell stories from our past, covering subjects as diverse as the space race, the south Wales coalfield and Berlin's history as a creative hub. Willgoose worked extensively with the South Wales Miners' Library for PSB's 2017 release 'Every Valley', which combined BFI material, SWML collections and poetry to chart the highs and lows of the coal-mining community.
Michael Rosen, 'An Evening of Fun, Poems and Stories For All'
Thursday 20th October 2022, 5pm – 6pm
Onllwyn Welfare Hall, Wembley Avenue, Onllwyn, Neath SA10 9HL
Michael Rosen is one of Britain’s best loved writers and performance poets for children and adults. His first degree in English Literature and Language was from Wadham College, Oxford and he went on to study for an MA at the University of Reading and a PhD at the former University of North London, now London Metropolitan. He is currently Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London where he co-devised and teaches critical approaches to reading on an MA in Children’s Literature, having done the same at Birkbeck, University of London. He has taught on MA courses in universities since 1994. He was the Children’s Laureate from 2007-2009 and has published over 200 books for children and adults, including the recent bestseller Many Different Kinds of Love and On The Move.