Velvet Coalmine, the Blackwood festival of writing, rock & roll and coal taking place 7-16 September 2017.

Literary highlights include Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales, Sophie Mckeand, Young People’s Laureate Wales, Africa Writes, UK’s leading spoken word performers, Tongue Fu and the Velvet Coalmine Children’s Literature Festival.

Other highlights include The Voice UK’s Into the Ark, Double Olympic Taekwondo Champion and Wales Sports Personality of the Year, Jade Jones MBE, The One Show’s science presenter, Marty Jopson, and comedian, Mike Wozniak.

Iain Richards, founder of Velvet Coalmine, said: “We want to give everyone in Blackwood an opportunity to engage with the arts, from children through our school workshops right through to the parents with our evening events. With the help of a five-year sponsorship from Blackwood Town Council, we have worked hard to make this year’s line-up truly international, inspirational and aspirational.”

For more information go to Velvet Coalmine.

Literature Wales will be supporting the following events:

7 September. 7.30 pm – clare e. potter live performance

11 September – clare e. potter (Welsh language school workshop)

13 September – Firefly Press writing workshop & story telling with Eloise Williams, Dan Anthony, Jon Blake and Huw Davies (English school workshop)

15 September – Ifor ap Glyn, National Poet of Wales (Welsh language school session)

15 September. 5.00 pm- Ifor ap Glyn (live performance)

16 September. 3.00 pm – Jon Gower