TEDxNantymoel will take place from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 19th November at the Mem Community Centre in Nantymoel. The independently organised event, licensed by TED, will feature local speakers and TED Talks videos under the theme of ‘The Heart of the Community’.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is programme of locally organised events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have later featured on TED.com and received millions of views from audiences across the world. The first TEDxNantymoel event was held in January 2020, and the talks from this event have currently have over 120,000 views on the TEDx YouTube channel!

TEDxNantymoel is a locally organised event, which aims to give a voice to local people and celebrate those within the community with ideas worth sharing.

Announcing the speakers, lead organiser of TEDxNantymoel, Andy Caress, said:

“We are excited to be holding the event at the Mem Community Centre, which is an amazing local hub and space for people to meet and relax. The atmosphere of watching TEDx talks live is an electric experience, and attendees will feel inspired by the enthusiasm and knowledge of all the speakers.

“I am so excited to bring together such an inspirational group of people to share their ideas. The audience will hear talks on a wide variety of topics from people who are experts in their fields, and get the chance to discuss and reflect on what they learn throughout the day.”

Speakers at TEDxNantymoel include:

Martin Griffiths – Astronomer

Martin Griffiths is an enthusiastic science communicator, writer and professional astronomer. Born in Nantymoel, Martin was one of the founder members of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute Science Communication Group and after spending 17 years as a lecturer at the University of South Wales, he is now Director of the Brecon Beacons Observatory, a science presenter for Dark Sky Wales and consultant to the Welsh Government.

Amanda Powell – Author and Journalist

Award-winning writer Amanda Powell has a long career as a journalist and editor. Originally from a coal-mining family in the Rhymney Valley, she became a graduate trainee at what was then Thomson Regional Newspapers and began her career as a junior reporter at the Glamorgan Gazette in Bridgend in the early 1980s. During the 1984-85 miners’ strike, she and her now-husband Richard covered these events. Next year they will be publishing a book of photography about the events of that period.

Corin Morgan-Armstrong – Head of ‘Invisible Walls’ Family Services

Corin Morgan-Armstrong has worked within the field of rehabilitation for the last 26 years, starting as a prison officer at HMP Parc in 1997. Corin has created a specific model that has at its heart the engagement of people in prison with their children and families, for the purposes of rehabilitation, derailing intergenerational crime, and re-building community inclusion. The ‘Invisible Walls Wales’ family mentoring service, initially lottery funded in 2012 and currently evolving into a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, was described by HM Inspectorate of Prisons as “innovative and radical, and probably the best they had seen in any prison”.

Kate Wood – Community Arts Practitioner

Kate Wood set up ‘The Craft Junction’ in Bridgend in 2018 after teaching Design and Technology for 18 years both in the UK and abroad. She is currently studying an MA Arts Practice (Arts for Health and Wellbeing) at The University of South Wales. Kate has recently set up a Community Interest Company called ‘Art and Soul’ with a view to setting up a Community Art and Wellbeing Cafe to support all ages of people, who struggle with mental health and wellbeing, social isolation or have additional learning needs, by taking part in a variety of creative activities.

TEDxNantymoel is supported by Awen Cultural Trust. Chief Executive Richard Hughes said:

“We were delighted with the number and quality of applications we received from people interested in speaking at this year’s TEDxNantymoel event. The high calibre of our speakers demonstrates that the county borough of Bridgend is full of inspirational individuals with fascinating stories to tell. We look forward to hearing and sharing their ‘heart of the community’ talks.”

Tickets are available to buy here. They cost £8.50 each including refreshments and a light buffet lunch.

For more information about TEDxNantymoel, please visit:

https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/55615 or https://www.facebook.com/TEDxNantymoel.

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