Light from the Shadows

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

I am proud to announce that I am taking part in a new writing and performance project that has been running for over a month now. The project is called ‘Light from the Shadows’ – a name that reminds me of a line from a poem by Professor Tolkien and which could not be more befitting  because the project is about Moseley Bog – the place about which I have written often in this blog and which was the favourite childhood playground of the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The project is organised by the Birmingham REP Theatre, which, by the way, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The aim of the project is to produce an audio guide around Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog, two historical landmarks and iconic places because of their connection to J.R.R. Tolkien.

I have taken part in sessions which took place in Hall Green Library (about which, by the way, I plan to write soon for my series of articles on Birmingham’s libraries) and in Moseley Bog. I have recorded our group walk in Moseley Bog and will soon publish my account together with a podcast, so watch this space!

Please see the leaflet of the project below:

Light From the Shadows - FRONT

Light From the Shadows – FRONT

Light From the Shadows - BACK

Light From the Shadows – BACK

For those who are not familiar with audio walks – you can go to Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham, visit the Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC) and get an audio guide to which you can listen as you walk or go online, download a series on Cannon Hill Park from here, stick them onto your audio players and take a walk even when the MAC is closed.

Best of luck and enjoy writing!

Roy Eynhallow. 

P.S. Check out this link about the project!

Photo Gallery: Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog in the Snow (Colour and Black and White)

On Friday, 22nd March, just as the natural spring was meant to begin, I woke up at 5 am and saw the city covered in snow. It seemed like a perfect photo opportunity, so I got up and went to one of my favourite places – the Moseley Bog. As it turned out, not in vain. Enjoy the pictures!

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Spring Hill Library

This article starts the series of articles about various libraries of the Second City.  A page dedicated to libraries alone will be created soon. Stay tuned!

Located on the corner of Icknield Road and Spring Hill (by the way, the former is an ancient Roman road!), this Grade 2 star listed building, a fine example of Victorian and Gothic architecture, is often mistaken for a church. Its ornate façade made of red bricks and terra cota (which is known for its weather-resistant, strong glazed surface) has witnessed 120 years of history and retained its beauty till the present day. The 65-feet tall clock tower proudly overlooks the roundabout and the surrounding neighbourhood. It is a small library but, nestling in the corner of the new Tesco shop, it is by no means dwarfed by the supermarket. Quite on the contrary, it stands its ground, proud of its age and the wisdom it holds inside, as if proclaiming, ‘I’m still standing!’ despite the past attempts to move or even demolish it. Continue reading