Things to do in Birmingham: Whisky Club

A bar manager once told me that every bottle on his back-bar had a story to tell.  This to me seemed to be a rather Romantic way of summing up the rich history behind the libations that lubricate most weekend evenings.  After all, even the cheapest of whiskies and rums require the kind of faith …

The Birmingham Salon are back

Very excited to hear the Birmingham Salon is making a come-back next month.  It’s always nice to have interesting discussions and debates happening in Birmingham and I always thought the Birmingham Salon had a nice edge to it which complemented other groups like the Birmingham Skeptics and Cafe Scientifique. Their latest talk is on the …

Vampires, boybands and writing for a magazine with a rather dodgy name

So, last Saturday night I spent the evening with the fellow writers, artists and editors of the second issue of local literary mag, Dirty Bristow. It’s probably worth mentioning now that Dirty Bristow isn’t exactly your typical literary magazine (the name should be the first hint). They actually describe themselves as “dedicated to resurrecting the …

Birmingham Book Bloggers and Tweeters

Just over a couple of weeks ago I attended a meet up for Birmingham Book Bloggers (#brumbookmeet), hosted by the lovely Jen (@BhamLibrarian) and Zoe (playingbythebook) at Cafe Blend. The basic idea was a loose one – a meet up for people who are interested in books and bookish things who blog, tweet or review …