Welcome to Birmingham like you’ve never seen it before!
I wonder who you are! Are you a writer? A student? A pensioner? A tourist? Simply a person with an interest in Birmingham? Perhaps, you are all of these!
What brings you here? Have you lived in Birmingham for all your life? Have you come here to study? To work? Are you simply travelling?
Whatever your reason for visiting this site, welcome to Birmingham like you’ve never seen it before!
The Unemployed Writer’s Guide to Birmingham is a new exciting project whose aim is to encourage storytelling, promote the image of the Second City and inspire writers, students and visitors from all over the world to re-imagine the city as a place where inspiration and exciting stories are hiding just around the corner, but often it is really well-hidden and not that easy to find.
The project is called like this because my main point of emphasis is that inspiration should be free – or very cheap. It should not cost anything to take a walk in the same park where J.R.R. Tolkien used to play as a child. It should not cost anything or cost very little to enjoy fine works of art. Listening to a stranger’s story as you’re waiting for a delayed train should also be free. So should be walking along a canal and admiring both the countryside and old derelict factories – because both are beautiful in their own way. Finally, visiting a library and travelling thousands of miles without leaving the armchair should also be free. All of these activities can set one’s imagination ablaze. I hope that all of these activities, coupled with this website, will help you re-imagine the City of a Thousand Trades and see it in a completely different light.
The project comprises two stages. First, this website will be developed and populated with images, stories and articles about my and others’ experiences of Birmingham. At the end of the first stage I intend to publish a book of stories, pictures, memories and history which will be the actual physical Guide to Birmingham for an unemployed writer. The second stage is a storytelling project, which I hope will run in October 2013.
So, without further ado – Forward!
Roy Eynhallow, Writer and Project Director.