Thursday, 10 September 2009

Blaenavon Ironworks Festival Celebrates Local Author

Blaenavon Ironworks hosts the 6th Annual Cordell Festival on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September in the year which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the international best seller, Cordell's 'Rape of the Fair Country'. There will be two days of entertainment at the site from 11am - 5pm.

Take the opportunity to meet the Coalhouse family who will be on hand to talk you through their time spent at the Coalhouse Cottages. The Blaenavon Town Band will be performing at intervals throughout the weekend and there will be military living history and drill displays from the 41st Regiment of Foot.

Local food and craft producers exhibiting include The Blaenafon Cheddar Company, Celtic Spirit, Chick Choc Gifts and Inspirations Gifts. With face painting and welsh-cake making there's plenty to keep children busy, whilst parents can watch the 'World's smallest opera' and enjoy a variety of scenic walks and talks throughout the area including a landscape mountain tour led by
Cordell Country Official tour guides.

Musical entertainment from Dawson Smith and the Exiles pays tribute to Cordell's work, whilst the Cordell Players will re-enact various chapters from Cordell's work.

Winners of the annual Alexander Cordell Literature Competition will also be announced and presented with their prizes by Radio Wales' Roy Noble. Chris Barber of Blorenge Books who now publish Cordell's Welsh novels will also be at the Ironworks signing and selling Cordell Books.

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