Barry War Museum
Letters Home is a short film, aimed at commemorating and remembering the Welsh
soldiers who gave their lives during the First World War. Written by Jaye L Swift,
Letters Home initially started its life as a short play in 2012 at Pontardawe ScriptSlam
which went on to win the audience award. Jaye adapted it to a screenplay which
reached the semi-finals of the London Underwire Festival, and was chosen for a
rehearsed reading at the London Screenwriters Festival.
In the spring of 2015 Jaye decided to bring the screenplay to life by producing it herself.
She gathered together a local crew, and cast actors from the South Wales region. Letters
Home has gone on to win awards in several film festivals, its biggest accolade being
winning the ‘Best Welsh Short Film’ category at the inaugural Cardiff International Film
They wanted to fight for their country, not dig for it. In 1943 Britain faced a
shortage of coal. To tackle this problem eighteen-year-old conscripts, known as
Bevin Boys, were balloted out of the armed services into coal mining. Refusal
was to go to jail. Approximately 48,000 Bevin Boys were conscripted into the
coal mines. Often accused of being conscientious objectors, this presentation
tells the story of who the Bevin Boys were, what they did for their country and
how history has more or less forgotten them.
Below is a list of up and coming presentation that will be held at the museum