Creative Writing student wins prize at the People’s Book Awards

Book Cover - How Black Were Our Valley's

University of South Wales, Creative and Professional Writing student Deborah Price recently won Print Winner for The People's Book Awards for ‘How Black Were Our Valleys’. The book is an impressive account of the 1984-85 miners’ strike, based on first-hand accounts.

The prize was to have a month of free advertising for the book on The People’s Book Awards website. The book will also be entered into a yearly competition in December.

Natalie Thompson who is also a University of South Wales student studying BA (Hons) English and History, shares Deborah’s success as a contributor to the book. The book was written to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the miners’ strike in March 2014. It has been used to raise money the South Wales Area Miners' Benevolent Fund.  So far it has raised over £1300.

Speaking about the success of the book Deborah said: “When we won the prize we were very pleased and surprised as we were up against Tolkien and Philip Pullman. The success of the book has been wonderful.  Knowing that we've reached so many people with regards to the real life stories from the biggest strike of the century is of massive importance.”

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