Happy Sunday friends and welcome to the latest edition of my Week Notes posts. How was your week?
As I write this installment I’ve been booking up tickets for Birmingham Heritage Week events. I’d love to hear if you’re planning on going to any of their talks, walks or workshops next month.
Talking of tickets I saw on Fiona’s Instagram stories a couple of days ago that one of my current favourite writers Laura Jane Williams is appearing at Waterstones in Birmingham. As part of the promotion for her latest book ‘Our Stop’ Laura will be in conversation with the author of ‘Flatshare’ Beth O’Leary on Thursday 29th August from 6:30pm. I’ve snapped up a ticket, if you’re interested in attending this event tickets are available here.
This week I’ve been to BMAG’s current exhibition ‘Thoughts on Portraiture’ which includes pieces by Pablo Picasso, Frank Auerbach and the striking installation Man and his Sheep by Ana Maria Pacheco.
On Friday evening my friend Lou and I attended the private view of ’25 Years of Now’ at Iron House which showcases contemporary British art from the last 25 years. I think the most popular piece that evening was Gavin Turk’s ‘Your Authorised Reflection’ as demonstrated below. Despite getting horrendously lost on the way to the gallery we had a fab evening checking out this exhibition and mingling with the other attendees.
I had a lovely afternoon yesterday wandering round the charity shops in Boldmere picking up a few bargain second hand books – I bought four books at 50p each and two that were 75p BOGOF so that worked out at six new to me books at the grand total of £2.75! Can’t wait to get stuck into reading them! Which books have you purchased from charity shops recently?
This week coming I’m hoping catch up on writing some more blog posts and drop in on the launch of ‘Bone, Thugs and Harmony’ by Used Pencil at Odox before popping next door to Iron House for the Birmingham Creatives social event on Friday. What plans do you have for this week?
As ever here’s a round up of a few things I’ve loved this week, please feel free to share your favourite blog posts, TV shows and articles in the comments below.
LINKS I’VE LOVED
• As someone who has attended many gigs I found this article on the decline of live music in the Midlands a great shame and hope the local scene can be revitalised.
• I loved reading Kit de Waal’s tale about growing up in 1970s Moseley. When I lived there a few years ago there were still a few characters that she mentions knocking around such as Pete the Feet (R.I.P.)
• Kayte’s post A 3 Step Process To Lose The Dread Of ‘I Have To’ is worth a read if you’re feeling overwhelmed with your to do list.
WHAT I’VE WATCHED
I haven’t watched much this week however I did binge my way through season 3 of GLOW which sees our favourite group of lady wrestlers uproot from LA to Las Vegas. Without giving away too many spoilers I loved the episode where they swapped wrestling personas and also the Christmas themed episode that sees Carmen receive the best Secret Santa gift.
• I’ve just finished reading Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce which is my book club’s current read which we’ll be discussing next month. If you enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows I think you’ll enjoy the Pearce’s debut novel.
• After spotting a few blog posts and Instagram stories about it I’ve downloaded the Readly app and am enjoying browsing through the titles on there. As a self confessed magazine addict I’m enjoying using this app and I’ll share a post about it soon.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
That’s it for this week, hope you enjoyed reading this post, have a lovely Sunday and I’ll be back next week for another edition of Week Notes.