The Library of Life – Available to purchase

As part of its Green Month theme, Valleys-based community arts organisation Head4Arts is releasing a new book for children, written by storyteller/writer Tamar Eluned Williams and beautifully illustrated by Andy O’Rourke.  The environmental themed story is a voyage of discovery about climate and nature and the future of our planet.  

Alongside the book itself, a special animated video has been created featuring narration by leading Welsh Naturalist, Conservationist and TV Presenter, Iolo Williams recorded for Earth Hour 2021 as part of a community collaboration with WWF Cymru.

At the rainbow’s end, one tiny girl takes care of a very unusual Library. It is her job to watch over the precious books that keep the world in balance. This is the story of what happens when she notices that the library seems to be changing – books are disappearing, and sections are shrinking …. all apart from one. Something terrible is happening to the library, disrupting the balance and she needs to find help….

Creative Director Kate Strudwick said: “We wanted to our Lockdown period to produce something that parents and teachers would enjoy sharing with their children and that could be used to prompt conversations about the environmental challenges we face today. It helps them understand our relationship with nature and how caring for the planet helps us too”. 

Having developed the story, Head4Arts was able to work with Petra Publishing to get it into print, thanks to a contribution from DPD’s Eco Fund. The Library of Life is now available to buy for £6.99 (plus postage) from the Head4Arts website: http://head4arts.org.uk/library-of-life/  

Also available from the website is a free downloadable education pack, giving lots of ideas for how the themes of the book can be used to support learning about biodiversity and climate change, and how by working together, we can look forward to a better future. For more information about Head4Arts’ educational resources and training opportunities contact info@head4arts.org.uk

It’s About Time

Head4Arts will be holding free family friendly events to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday 28th March 2020 at four fantastic locations throughout the eastern Heads of the Valleys area.  Each event will offer a creative exploration of climate change using storytelling, lanterns and butterfly-themed crafts.

These free events which are suitable for all ages will be taking place at Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar, Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library and Penallta Park. 

Earth Hour is a WWF global campaign during which millions of people turn off their lights to raise awareness of climate change.  Earth Hour 2020 will take place between 8.30-9.30pm on 28th March 2020.

Head4Arts activities taking place throughout the day are designed to connect families with Earth Hour and encourage them to switch their lights off for one hour later in the evening to show their shared concern for the planet.  Participants also be invited to pledge one thing they can change to slow down climate change.  

The day’s activities will culminate in a grand finale taking place at Penallta Park.  This evening event will be a unique, time-travelling, interactive experience with spectacular lanterns featuring animals from around the world. 

The theme for this year’s events is It’s About Time, highlighting how climate change is threatening the health of our planet and the wildlife (and humans) that depend on it.  Butterflies have been chosen as the symbol for the events to represent the decline of biodiversity on a local and global scale.  Since 1976, butterflies and moths are among the species that have suffered greatest falls in abundance, with a 52% decline in the average species’ abundance of butterflies being reported in Wales. 

This is the fifth year that Head4Arts has organised events for Earth Hour, Creative Director, Kate Strudwick says

“We are living in a changing world and we hope that our events for Earth Hour 2020 will give families an opportunity to explore climate change in a creative way, and inspire them to embrace the lifestyle changes we will all have to make in future.  Ultimately, addressing climate change and protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility.”

Listings information for each event

Earth Hour – Parc Bryn Bach Merthyr Rd, Tredegar, NP22 3AY
Saturday 28th March 2020
10am – 12.30pm

Earth Hour – Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library
Church Rd, Blaenavon, NP4 9AS
Saturday 28th March 2020
1 – 3pm

Earth Hour – Cyfarthfa Park Brecon Rd, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE
Saturday 28th March 2020
3pm – 5pm

Earth Hour – Parc Penallta, Penallta Rd, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7GN
Saturday 28th March 2020
6.45pm – 8.30pm

Keep an eye out for additional information via the website and social media