Sunday Xpress presents – A Field in Hampshire, a performance by Robert Horrocks.

On the 19th of March at Centrala, Digbeth  at 5pm, the Sunday Xpress will be joined by music archaeologist and “the world’s leading expert on the genesis of Black Sabbath” Robert Horrocks.  He will be presenting “A Field in Hampshire”, a re-enactment of a gig he played in 1991, which will be an experiment with music, memory, and nostalgia. I was invited to his home in Handsworth for a private viewing and dress rehearsal of this event, along with a sneak preview of his current exhibition.

It’s the second time I’ve been in this front room in Handsworth. A sumptuous Edwardian build with high ceilings. In the hallway on the right hand side, effects pedals have been lined neatly along the skirting board, pride of place on top of the Minton tiles. After a cup of coffee, I am invited into the front room.

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Book review: The Wires: 2012 by Jude Cowan Montague

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New on for 2017! Book reviews. That’s a first around these parts. Thoroughly enjoyed reading and then writing this. Jude Cowan Montague presents her own show, The News Agents on London’s Resonance FM, and is something of a renaissance person;  writer, artist, musician amongst many other this. This is her most recent poetry collection,  published through Wisdom’s Bottom Press. Below is my review.

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Creative thought processes on the abundance of addiction and choice in our society

New look Birmingham has a lot of ways for people to eat and drink. The advent of hip street vendors, pop-up coffe shops and pubs, cut-price sandwich shops and Wetherspoons’ menus have opened up a Pandora’s Box of different ways to get those endorphins and addictions sated. Here’s a written copy of some thoughts I wrote on this in my diary. Slightly edited, but not much – elements in this will appear in The Wind and The Good Book of course…

Would you like a drink from The Machine? Oh yes. Coffee. Large vodka, nervous laugh. We laugh at our addictions. Most of us are alcohol/coffee heads here, legal downers and uppers. Don’t talk to me before my second coffee in the morning. As soon as I’ve finished work it’s a cheeky pint/glass of RED. Rinse and repeat. “£4 pint of lager to get you through the hell of modern life” she said.

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Celebrating Birmingham’s New Temporary Vista

A superb temporary vista has opened up after the demolition of Birmingham Central Library, and this is a plea to observe it whilst you have the chance.

The Birmingham Central Library has now gone. Madin’s Brutalist vision has now been erased from physical space, rubbed off Birmingham’s blackboard permanently. Existing only in the memories of those who have preserved its memory. Construction of its replacement, a mixed use development namely One and Two Chamberlain Square is due to come soon, under the name of Paradise.

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Still Walking, Darryl Georgiou and Birmingham on Film and TV

The Still Walking festival, now in its fifth year, has made its return to Birmingham this week, and will run until the 26th. This post will talk about the writing I’ve done for the festival, and eventually spotlight on one of the co-directors Darryl Georgiou, who is presenting a walk entitled “Looking for Kline” this evening, where he will take walkers on a tour around the set locations for the 70s BBC TV drama “Gangsters.”

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