Gillian Clarke commemorates Six Bells with new poem

Tuesday 29 June 2010, 17:40

Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

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National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke has a written a new poem to mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Bells colliery disaster.

Monday 28 June marked 50 years since the explosion at the Arael Griffin pit at the Six Bells Colliery that killed 45 men.

Photograph of Gillian Clarke © Academi / Owain Llyr

Photograph of Gillian Clarke © Academi / Owain Llyr

Clarke's poem imagines the women and housewives, going about their chores of hanging out the washing or scrubbing the front steps, hearing "a pulse inside the earth like a blow to the heart", and the reaction to the disaster.

Read Gillian Clarke's poem on the Academi website.

Llangrannog-based sculptor Sebastien Boyesen was commissioned to design and build a new memorial to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.

Browse a photo gallery of pictures taken while the sculpture was under construction.

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