Happy Birthday to Baarbaara The Sheep (BBTS) Publications – Let the Tails Continue – Part 1

Today is the first day of the 5th year of BBTS publications – Not bad for a sheep – My work involves writing/editing and publishing. I also help people to understand the process of Self – Publishing or Indie Publishing as it has become popularly known. As little as 6 years ago Indie Publishing was frowned upon, thankfully today people’s views have changed for the better.If you would like more information on my services please email me at: baarbaarathesheep@hotmail.co.uk

What began as a one off publication, ‘Save Our Valleys – A Sheep’s Tail,’ printed and bound from the comfort of my field, has become a proper entrepreneurial adventure. After encouragement from friends and local people, I published the book via the Createspace Platform on Amazon.

The book was written to raise awareness of a local campaign group,  (UVAG) United Valley’s Action Group, who were opposing a proposal for an incinerator on the mountain at Ffos Y Fran, Cwmbargoed. Details of the successful campaign can be read at the following links:

Wales Online – Incinerator Battle Goes To Downing Street

Covanta Drops Incinerator Plans

Initially I wrote a story about the animals from the mountain helping the campaigners with their fight. This was to try and encourage younger people to get involved. Due to its political nature, no publisher would get involved, that is how I came to self-publish. The book now sits on the library shelves in Caerphilly County Borough.

Complete Cover Save Our Valleys

Click on the Image to view the book on Amazon

The second publication was a poetry anthology by locals to raise money for another, ongoing, fight. A new opencast mine opposite the existing black hole at Ffos Y Fran. Nant Llesg is an untouched site of natural beauty. The habitat is perfect for migrating birds. Rhaslas pond, situated in the middle of the site is of historical interest as well as being a spectacularly beautiful part of the area. Despite Caerphilly Council’s unanimous decision against the proposal in August 2015, the company involved, Nant Llesg Ltd, a subsidiary of Miller Argent, have decided to appeal. The most recent opposal by UVAG has been against Nant Llesg Ltd’s intention to fence off the area.

Rhaslas Pond Blog and Photos

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More about the Campaign (Americymru)

Black Hole Cover Image

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Details of the ongoing campaign by UVAG against Nant Llesg can be read on the links below:

Best Outcome for Anti-Opencast Campaigners

Wales Online – Thousands Pen Objection Letters

Victory to Anti Opencast Campaigners

After the success of the first two books, I was encouraged to go to University by a friend of mine who had just completed her BA Honours in Creative and Professional Writing. To be honest, I didn’t think I stood a chance of getting in. The last time I attended school was over 30 years ago. But to my surprise I was accepted on the initial course which was a two year foundation degree in English and History at Lambridge University, formerly Glamorgan, Treforest, and now known as The University of South Wales.

 

Part 2 coming soon…. Watch this space.

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING

SPRING
Hosts of golden daffodils.
Trees adorned and ripened hills.
Royal purple, petals bright.
Red tips, brown spots, cabbage white.
Snuffling hedgehogs mating dance.
New lambs frolic, ponies prance.
Bluebells carpet, mossy bed.
Thorny roses, crimson red.
Fine fern fingers, curly tips.
Queen bee buzzing, nectar sips.
Majestic kites cavort sky high,
Dandylion floating by.
Catkins wave, wind blows softly.
Copper beech, gleaming brightly.
Cuckoo, murmur, starlings flight.
Blue tits cheep in evenings light.
Swathes of green, primrose yellow.
Heather sprung, spring says hello.

May 2015

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January Book Awards Winner – How Black Were Our Valleys

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Press Release: 2nd February 2015           Immediate Release

 Local Authors Win International Award

Local authors Deborah Price (Deri, Bargoed) and Natalie Butts Thompson (Penrhiwceiber) are the winners of the (January) 2015 Printed Book Awards. How Black Were Our Valleys(Book Title) competed against hundreds of titles over the month and attracted more than 154 votes.

The Book Awards have been run by ‘not for profit’ publisher Acclaimed Books Limited, since 2008 and in that time, tens of thousands of voters around the world have shown their appreciation by supporting and nominating books in the competition.

“It has been a delight to take part in this truly democratic competition and experience first hand the loyalty of our readers. To win against such strong competition is the icing on the cake.”  Say Deborah and Natalie.

And the competition is strong, with several international best sellers, in addition to talented emerging authors making up the field. In a single month, the voting can run into thousands and the awards site contains numerous reviews and comments.

Managing Director, Peter Lihou offered a personal message of congratulations to Deborah and Natalie.

“Over the years, we’ve seen a great many popular titles gain the tangible applause of their fans by their votes and comments, but How Black Were Our Valleys enjoys particularly warm support. It really is quite an accomplishment for an author to inspire their customers so much that they get online and vote in such numbers and leave extremely flattering comments. How Black Were Our Valleys is a very worthy winner!”

The Book Awards are the only international awards that are open to all titles distributed in Kindle or Printed formats by *Amazon.com sites around the world. Any one can nominate or vote for a title, provided it is available on Amazon, without charge or registration. Dubbed The ‘People’s Book Awards, this openness attracts large numbers of visitors to the awards site http://www.thebookawards.com.

How Black Were Our Valleys – All profits from the sale of this book go to ‘The South Wales Area – Miners’ Beneficiary Fund,’ which helps ex-miners and their families both socially and medically. To commemorate 30 years since the 1984/85 miners strike, we have collected a variety of memories, stories, poems and events that happened during that time. A law professor who helped the miners with free legal advice, and also set up the Rhymney Valley Miners’ Support Group. An inspirational speech that led to the making of this publication. Stories of hardship, solidarity, overcoming prejudices and adversity add to the diversity of this collection. Women who changed their outlook on life completely. The government tactics used against the striking miners. Those who were just children at the time and the impact it had on them when they were growing up. The generosity of all those that came out in support of the striking miners. What happened after the strike? Why did all those mines have to close? The memories and accounts are personal, these are the stories that didn’t get to the mainstream media, but are extremely important regardless, not just to the South Wales Mining Community, but also to all those communities that were involved .

*Kindle, Amazon, and the Amazon logo, are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

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For more information contact :                 Author/Publisher

Name : Deborah Price                                   baarbaarathesheep@hotmail.co.uk

Name: Natalie Butts Thompson                                natalie.666@live.co.uk

Or Contact The Book Awards

Acclaimed Books Limited

Trefursdon

Launceston

Cornwall PL15 7ND

England

Tel.:  +44(0)1566 786755

Email:  pete@thebookawards.com

Website: http://www.thebookawards.com

Actor Michael Sheen Attends UVAG meeting at The Blast Pontlottyn

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On the 15th September 2014, Director and Producer for BBC Wales: Sian Roderick attended a United Valleys Action Group meeting at The Blast Furnace in Pontlottyn.  Sian was interested in the group’s present (Anti -Opencast, Nant Llesg) and previous campaigns (Covanta – Anti-Incinerator – and Ffos- y Fran – Anti-Opencast), with a view to including the […]