Rise of the Old Cloud

by Mike Darrell

“I saw him. Leading the hunger march.

‘Let there be no confusion’ he said

‘There is one enemy, and one enemy only

but like a hydra it has many heads

and one by one, we will cut them all off’

That’s how he finished.

They carried him on their shoulders mun.

All the way

to the unemployment benefit office.”

RISE OF THE OLD CLOUD is set in a Welsh mining community during the 1930s and has the humour and humanity born of the Welsh valleys.

A radical young miner’s defence of his workmates in a time of crisis; should he challenge management or choose to be absorbed by it, to resist or to compromise?


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Justin Greene