At Church St we’re used to fabulous events; Storytelling Salons, Spiritual Moots and well anything you can shake a stick at really. So it should come as no surprise that we have another great afternoon planned next Sunday. Between 3pm and 5pm we are hosting the Birmingham launch of ‘The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood‘, a wonderful new collection of poems about the expectations, joys and trials of motherhood.
As well as coffee cake & even a Bloody Mary, if it tickles y’fancy, there will be readings from three fabulous poets from the book: RICHARD O’BRIEN, DEBORAH ALMA, and Birmingham’s own poetry superstar LIZ BERRY. And although books will be on sale at £10 each the event itself is free.
You can read more about the book here And we really hope to see you there!
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ABOUT THE POETS
DEBORAH ALMA has an MA in Creative Writing, teaches Writing Poetry at Worcester University and uses poetry to assist communication with people with dementia. Last year she was Writer in Residence for the Arvon Foundation at The Hurst and for the NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference 2013. She is also the Emergency Poet.
LIZ BERRY was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009 and her pamphlet The Patron Saint of School Girls was published by tall-lighthouse in 2010. She is the assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine. Her debut collection will be published by Chatto & Windus in Summer 2014.
RICHARD O’BRIEN’s first pamphlet, your own devices, appeared in 2009 on tall-lighthouse press and his second, The Emmores, has just been published by the Emma Press. His work has featured in Poetry London, the Erotic Review and The Salt Book of Younger Poets. His blog, The Scallop-Shell, is dedicated to the close reading of contemporary poetry.
On March the 21st our Film and Supper Club is paying tribute to Hollywood’s horror great Vincent Price and screening the classic Allan Poe’s terror tale The Pit and the Pendulum.
Haunted by horrifying childhood memories, the son of the Spanish Inquisition’s most notorious assassin teeters on the brink of insanity. But when his adulterous wife fakes her own death to drive him over the edge, she soon discovers that betrayal cuts both ways – as the man she wants to destroy becomes not only her judge and jury but also her executioner!
Happily-ever-after goes under the knife in this eerie and excellent saga of murder, madness and forbidden desire.
As usual supper will be served from 7pm, with the film starting at 8pm. Tickets are £15 and include supper, a drink (wine, beer or coffee) and popcorn! For more info or to book for groups of 6 or more, please email email@example.com.
The first of our acts for March’s #LiveMusicFriday is Ian Bourne!
Ian’s a lethal singer-songwriter combo whose repertoire includes obscure musical covers with his own dark, blues-based twist, as well as his own original songs!
From folk to rock, 60’s to 70’s pop, Ian’s versatility is made all the more inspiring with him being a musical late-bloomer.
After being forced to play at an open mic by one of his sons at 48, Ian has taken to music like a duck to water. Now, don’t let the fact he’s a late starter fool you, Ian’s made up for lost time by playing nearly every night. We’re not just giving you a musician, we’re giving you an entertainer. Known for his audience interaction this LMF will be filled with smooth tunes and a good laugh!
You can listen to some of Ian’s tracks here on his Soundcloud page. #LiveMusisFriday is next Friday (the 7th) from 7pm at Church St. Come by for music, fun and drinks offers. Believe us, its NEVER to early to start planning next weekend!
Come Monday lunch time, you’re in for a real treat!
Danny and the kitchen team are going to be trialling some really fabulous new sandwiches across the emporiums which we think you are going to love. We love them. We tried them today. Jealous?
Of course we’re going to be keeping some of the favourites, you know, roasted chicken and walnut stuffing etc, but we’re mixing things up with a few more Spring-y flavours. Things like wendsleydale, apple and raisin salad on malted bloomer (drool) and lighter wraps for those starting to think of getting in shape for Spring and Summer – it has to come soon, right? Doesn’t Roasted Chicken, Cucumber, Peanut & Sweet Chilli, or Goats Cheese, Spinach & Pesto Wrap (right) just make you want to get jogging- or at least scoffing!
Don’t worry either if you thinking, oh Urban’s gone all fruity-salady-wrappy on me! Well no. Not true. If you’re that person who likes your lunch toasted and cheesy we have a new range called Urban Melts with fab things like German Salami and Smoked Cheese (left) ready to be pressed on the grill to toasted perfection….
We’re trialling these next week and would love you to let us know what you think, either on twitter #urbanlunch or on Facebook. Or you can even go old school with one of our in-store, actual paper, feedback forms! Simply let us know what you think and you could be one of three lucky people who will be winning lunch on us later in the month!
It was only a couple of weeks ago that we put out the call for people who wanted to use the space at our Harborne emporium in order to host their own events etc.
We are really pleased to say that the cogs have definitely started to turn in the minds of the good people of Harborne and surrounding area…. And, we are pleased to announce….
Drumroll please…. WE HAVE A BOOKCLUB!
The #HBbookclub will be held on the second Thursday of the month from 7 -9pm and will of course link in with our great #HBHappyhour #ThirstyThursday – any cocktail £8.00 – for anyone who wants something a bit stronger than a coffee or hot chocolate.
Launching on Thursday the 13th of March the #HBbookclub’s first book will be The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer which recently won Costa book of the year.
Come along we are very friendly and even if you don’t finish the book we’d love to see you for a friendly & lively chat around a coffee and a cake!
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