Behind the scenes of Louise Walsh’s novel about the Aberfan disaster

Fifty years ago, the Aberfan disaster shocked the world. Few today realise that the UK Government was profoundly concerned about how the media chose to portray the tragedy’s impact on the local community.

Set in 1967, Black River follows Harry, a South Wales Echo journalist, as he tries to protect the village of Aberfan from press intrusion in the run up to the first anniversary of the 1966 tip disaster.

Discover the truth about the Welsh Office letters that inspired the novel, or take a look at the kind of national press stories which riled Selwyn Jones, the Town Clerk of Merthyr, and S O Davies, the constituency’s MP. Special access is granted to a ‘deleted scene’ from the novel and an interview with Sarah Richards, the artist who created the book’s cover.

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About the Author

Black River author Louise Walsh, who was born in Cardiff and studied archaeology at Cardiff University, talks to Martin Shipton, Chief Reporter of the Western Mail.

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Louise Walsh (Sian Trenberth Photography)

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