Monday, 8 November 2010

Mini Saga winners announced!

The Mini Saga winners were all announced at the Tonypandy Commemorative events on Sunday 7th November - click here to read the winning entries!!

There were over 300 entries from across the UK, USA, Spain and The Netherlands - a fabulous response. The standard was high and a big thank you goes to the judges.

Watch this space to see what 2011 will bring!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Tonypandy Commemorations

Events are planned for 7th November 2010 around Tonypandy to remember the events of 100 years ago - Click here for more information.

A new history of the Riots has also been published by David Maddox and Gwyn Evans, jointly recognised as local experts on the infamous 1910 event, have finally published their extensive archive of unique images, never-before-seen government papers and interviews with the rioters themselves.

“The Tonypandy Riots 1910-1911” contains a remarkable collection of 250 photographic images and eye witness accounts.
Copies of “The Tonypandy Riots 1910-1911” by David Maddox and Gwyn Evans are available, priced £15.00 plus postage and packing by emailing The book will be officially launched at Rhondda Heritage Park at 6.30pm on Thursday, November 4th. A book signing will also take place at Tonypandy Central Library on Wednesday 10th November at 6pm.

Keep in touch with the Commemorations at Tonypandy at

Friday, 1 October 2010

Mini Saga now closed!

The 2010 Cordell Mini Saga has now closed for entries - and the judges are doing their work!

We have been delighted with the number of entries and the judges will have a tough job - but they are really looking forward to it!!

The result will be announced at a Tonypandy event on 7th November - keep an eye on for more information.

In the meantime there are loads of things to do in south Wales - especially if you want to escape the Ryder Cup - and the rain! How about a day at Big Pit or Rhondda Heritage Park - or explore Cyfarthfa Castle and take a look at how the other half lived during the industrial revolution! Have fun - there are loads of things to do here!

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Home Stretch

There are less than 6 hours to get your entry in - for the Cordell Mini Saga - a complete story in exactly 50 words - set in south Wales with a theme around "Community" or "Unbelievable" - e mail to For more info look at

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Less than 24 hours to go!

Get busy and create you own 50 word mini saga - set in south Wales on a theme of "Community" or "Unbelieveable" - you could win a great prize! Make sure that they are sent to by Midnight tonight - 30th September!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Count Down Continues - only 4 Days left to send in your Mini Saga!

Go on - create a mini saga in just 50 words based in south Wales around "Community" or "Unbelieveable" - there are now only 4 days to go!!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Monday, 20 September 2010

Only 10 days to get your entry in!

Entries are flooding in for the Cordell Mini Saga - even at the Cordell festival people were discovering their creativity and creating stories based in south Wales on "Community" or "Unbelieveable".
To find out how you can enter visit the Cordell Country website.

Cordell Festival

The Festival at Rhondda Heritage Park was a great successes with over 1000 people attending. Highlights including the music and performances based around Cordells stories, as well as coach tours and trips "underground". It was a great day out for all the family.

Friday, 3 September 2010

The Valleys Walking Festival

The Festival gets going tomorrow (and runs to 19th September) - there are loads of walks that explore the land that inspired Cordell - so here is the programme for your to download.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Entries are flooding in!

The Cordell Mini Saga Competition is generating quite a stir - entries are flooding in and there is still 1 month to the closing date on 30th September. Go on - have a go - here are the details!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Inspired by South Wales

A great exhibition by local artist Linda Morgan is taking place at Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil throughout September. Se was inspired by the stories and views of south Wales - just like Cordell!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

New website launched

The new Cordell Country website has gone live - - with new interactive maps fo the suggested routes and places that inspired Cordell to write his books on the people of south Wales. Take a look - there are loads of ideas for days out in south Wales.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Cordell Mini Saga Launched

In a succinct fifty words, Valleys-born Richard Davies encouraged all ages to follow in Alexander Cordell’s footsteps, take inspiration from The Valleys and get writing.

In just fifty Welsh or English words, entrants to the Mini Saga competition must create a complete story based in South Wales on either of these themes: ‘Community’ or ‘Unbelievable’. Novelist Alexander Cordell was inspired by the lives and loves of the people of The Valleys over the last 200 years, and himself entered his early stories into writing competitions.

Further inspiration for all ages may be found on the new-look Cordell Country website and by visiting the FREE annual Cordell Festival. This year the Festival is being held at Rhondda Heritage Park on 18 & 19 September, and is one of a number of events being held to commemorate the centenary of the Tonypandy Riots.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Only 2 days to launch

Come and join us at the Eisteddfod in Ebbw Vale at 2.30 on Sunday - and discover what this years writing competition is!!!!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Competition Count Down!

Only 4 days until the 2010 Cordell Literature Competition is launched (at the National Eisteddfod) - watch this space!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Welcome to the new Cordell Fan Club blog.

Cordell wrote a host of books about south Wales based upon the stories he heard from local people. His books tell of the passion and community of south Wales during the industrial revolution of the 19th and 20th centurys.

His books have been published around the world and Rape of the Fair Country has been translated into 17 different languages.

Watch this blog for information on a new website, new writing competition and events to help you explore the area that inspired Cordell. If you love Cordells books then please add to this blog.