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History professor Dai Smith tells own story

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Professor Dai Smith talks to Roy Noble about his own family's place in the history of the south Wales valleys.

The writer and historian explains how his grandfather - originally from Blaenau Ffestiniog - appears in a famous photo of a crowd of miners around the time of the Tonypandy Riots in 1910.

Prof Smith, who is chairman of the Arts Council of Wales, was born in the Rhondda and grew up in Barry, where he was taught at the local grammar school by the acclaimed writer Gwyn Thomas.

He also discussed his latest book, In The Frame - Memory in Society 1910-2010, an 'alternative' history of twentieth century Wales based on the memories and experiences of ordinary people.

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