The lives of the 144 people were lost in 1966 when a rock slide hit Pantglas Junior School.
But the Welsh disaster at Aberfan wasn’t just about that tiny village, or that one nation – it was a loss for humanity, a generation of children who would never see adulthood, fulfil their potential, live their lives.
Controversy still remains around the National Coal Board – although an inquiry report laid the blame for the disaster squarely with them, no NCB employee or board member was demoted, dismissed, or prosecuted.
But the 50th anniversary was not a time for blame – more a time to look back and remember.
Read my piece on the Mirror here
For any parent, losing a child is beyond any idea of a worst nightmare.
But the parents featured in the documentary Still Loved had a special torment, as their little ones were stillborn – and they never even got to tell them they were loved.
The filmmakers are determined to cut through the stigma which faces those who go through the trauma of losing a baby, and the interviews with these heartbroken mums and dads are definitely without any sugar coating.
Read more on the Mirror here
When I got to travel to the Norwegian fjords and call it work, it was a dream come true.
As a well-worn fan of all things Nordic, I was delighted to have the chance to taste the food and meet the people, all while working out if they would let me move there.
In the event, I was on a cruise, so my brush with Scandi cool was fleeting – but it was definitely enough to keep me hooked.
Read my travel review on the Mirror here
After receiving life-changing brain injuries, Branwyn Owens taught herself how to create beautiful work from clay.
She told me “my hands are now my eyes” as she moulds and works the materials to show incredibly skilful works – and she’s been paid good money for them from all over the world.
It’s a testament to how good her work is that she says she is contacted online by people who simply don’t believe she is blind – and, if she is, that she can produce her art unaided.
Read my piece on the Mirror here.