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My family hails from Blaenavon, a small town located at the head of the South Wales Valleys. Once renowned for its coal works, towns like Blaenavon are now relics, haunted by a violent history of working-class struggle, poverty and death. Welsh working people were once expected to put their lives on the line to provide for their families, despite ongoing mining accidents / explosions, resulting in the deaths of thousands. I wanted to examine this trauma through a young boy’s eyes, shining light on an area of Welsh history that is so often ignored.