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Recipe for a City Feast

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Recipe for a City Feast

  Birminghammmmm… it’s a feast! We gathered recipes and food memories from many traditions, faiths and cultures at a series of workshops at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. And at an intergenerational writing workshop called ‘My Mother’s Cookbook’, people wrote family stories written between the lines in cookery notebooks and oral traditions. Comfort food, ancestral memories, hunger, battles of will or wish – food carries all sorts of resonances and symbolism, not all of it easy. Recipe for a City Feast, our leaflet gathering many people’s work, launches at the Faiths Gallery at 1.30pm on Sat 10th Feb, with an open mic recipe...

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Writing Our Roots

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Writing Our Roots

We’ve been taking inspiration from family legends, migration stories and old photographs like this one of my grandmother and her sister as young girls. I’ve been teaching a short course with Writing West Midlands, exploring new ways to write memoir and family history. Fantastically rich family stories and all sorts of questions are emerging – truth or fiction? Can we capture or create voices? We’re listening for the unspoken dreams and secrets which bring history alive beyond the names and dates of the family tree. Watch this...

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Blogger-in-residence at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Blogger-in-residence at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Why do humans have art galleries and museums? And why don’t squirrels? What’s on your mantelpiece? And what’s the oldest thing you keep in your house (apart from my husband, jokes the mayor). It’s been a joy beginning a blog on behalf of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, getting to know a place, getting behind the scenes to find out the secret stories and passions of the staff. A museum is like a two-way mirror, writes one of the team,  reflecting a place and its people, so that they understand themselves better and show themselves visibly to the outside world. I’ve learned a lot about the careful and highly creative world of museums, and what...

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Sparks pop-up

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Sparks pop-up

Our Birmingham Sparks group (part of the Writing West Midlands young writers’ talent-stable) gave a fabulous pop-up performance at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) where we meet each month. So much inspiration to write! And so much talent! What a combination! And great working with Susan Stokes-Chapman, our new assistant writer. For our big day in May, we had pop-up invitations, a sparky procession through the gallery, collective poetry, individual reading, followed by edible alphabet biscuits – what more could a writer of any age...

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Cloak – a new adventure with filmmaker Geoff Broadway

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Cloak – a new adventure with filmmaker Geoff Broadway

Cloak: Very excited to post this new snippet of work with Geoff Broadway, respected photographer and filmmaker. We combined words, film and images to make an experimental film, inspired by my work gathering people’s stories at Black Country Living Museum. We hope there will be more to...

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Map of Birmingham Conversationland

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in News, News and Projects | 0 comments

Map of Birmingham Conversationland

The Birmingham Conversations brought together people of many faiths and none in our super-diverse city to reflect on the role of faiths in the public sphere. Since the Conversations launch in Sept 2016, my Conversationland map has been touring with Jake Lever’s fabulous painting Dance, spending two weeks on display at synagogues, mosques and churches, as well as at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery around the city. More about Birmingham Conversations here

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