Birmingham author Catherine O’Flynn’s debut novel What Was Lost was released by local publishers Tindal Street Press this month. “A lost little girl appears on CCTV screens at the Green Oaks shopping centre, evoking memories of junior detective Kate Meaney, missing for 20 years. Kurt, a security guard with a sleep disorder, and Lisa, a … [Read more…]
Last year Digital Central undertook a survey of live music venues in the West Midlands to try and pinpoint where investment is needed. They questioned 184 people, 141 of whom were audience members with the rest being promoters or performers. You can download a PDF of the report but here are the conclusions: The most … [Read more…]
A weekly grab from the Birmingham Flickr community. by Photo-Gedden by nobody knows anything by Tippeh by ADAMSKI01 To suggest photos for this feature post them to this thread on Flickr or leave a link in the comments here.
Antonio Gould has started a series of podcasts, New Media 4casts, for the Channel 4 4talent site exploring how creatives can use new media techniques and technologies effectively. Two shows are online so far on selling online and building a website and he’ll be covering the music and film industries soon. Here’s the RSS feed … [Read more…]
Gigbeth, the three day free music festival in Digbeth (see what they did there?), takes place on 1-3 November this year based around the Sanctuary, Barfly, Custard Factory and Glee Club amongst other venues. Bands and musicians from all genres are welcome to apply to play and will be paid at least Musicians’ Union rates. … [Read more…]
I came across the Brumcast podcast around the time it started and my initial impressions were “meh…” so I filed it away under “Nice idea, shame about the execution.” That was a mistake and having dabbled in podcasting myself I should have known it takes a while to get into the swing of things. Prompted … [Read more…]
A Flatpack Film Festival spotlight. The opening film of the Flatpack Festival is The Seashell And The Clergyman. Made in 1927 by Germaine Dulac from a script by Antonin Artand it is widely considered the first surrealist film. If you fancy a bit of academia there’s a nice article on Dulac here and a couple … [Read more…]
A Reuters/Billboard report has declared Birmingham to be one of the music hot spots in 2007 along with Beijing, Berlin, Brisbane and, proving that they did work their way down the alphabet a bit, Marseille. In a U.K. music scene perennially dominated by London and Manchester, England’s “second city” has struggled, musically, in recent years. … [Read more…]