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Brad Evans

18 October at 18:30 - 20:30

How Black Was My Valley : Poverty and Abandonment in a Post-Industrial Heartland

Heron Books is delighted to support this event with author Brad Evans hosted by the Friends of Clifton Centre and Library

How Black Was My Valley is a people’s history of the former mining communities of South Wales. Weaving together the personal with the political, it offers a damning depiction of the hardship and suffering, the tragedy and pain, as a politically abandoned people went from powering the British Empire and the Great Wars, to a broken post-industrial community, lost in time. It travels with devastating and yet humane insight across the dark shadows of the valley’s history.

In doing so, it deals with disaster and resistance; memory and landscapes of despair; the brutal past and the neglected present; hardship and poverty; unemployment and isolation; lack of opportunity and the normalisation of hopelessness; death and suffering; structural violence and everyday subjugation; onto the crises of white male subjectivity and the exponential rise in drug abuse and personal suicide, whose troubling effects can no longer be easily contained within its mountainous walls. This is not a story of resilience. Instead, readers are taken on a journey into an open wound, whose once silent screams can no longer be ignored.

Bar opens: 18.30
Brad’s talk commences: 19.00
Followed by Q&A and book signing


18 October
18:30 - 20:30
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Friends of Clifton Centre and Library
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Clifton Library
13 Princess Victoria St
Bristol, BS8 4BX United Kingdom
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