Village Art & Literature

The Village magazine will occasionally carry articles about Art and Literature events, achievements and personalities in the area. Choose from the selection below . . .

Colours of Africa
Posted on November 27 2017 at 11:13:18

Sally Oldaker meets an artist whose work reflects his roots.

Fusion of old and new
Posted on June 30 2017 at 12:51:46

Dave Morgan previews the latest exhibition by an Alvechurch art group.

The story of my life
Posted on May 30 2017 at 2:37:10

By his own admission, Barnt Green resident Cas Amato isn’t rich or famous – so why did he decide to write his autobiography?

Village Book Review: The Will of the State
Posted on April 30 2017 at 2:55:13

For his second novel, Rednal author Terry Walsh (writing as Jack Walsh) has tackled an even more epic subject than the Vietnam War setting of his debut tale.

If you go up to the woods today . . .
Posted on March 30 2017 at 1:17:42

Keith Woolford meets a bear and a Robot in the Lickey Hills.

Learn to make a mosaic
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:10:42

Village readers will recall our photos of the special mosaic at Alvechurch Middle School in memory of pupil Finlay Church – and now its creator is offering workshops where participants can learn to make a mosaic of their own.

Village Book Review: Securing the Narrow Sea
Posted on March 30 2017 at 10:58:42

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn’s fifth book on WWI naval exploits is another incredibly detailed account of a crucial but largely forgotten battle.

Bantock book bonanza
Posted on December 28 2016 at 2:19:56

Some of our readers will recall the feature we ran in 2011 when author Gavin Bantock, who grew up in Barnt Green in the 1940s and 50s, launched a book about his eccentric family’s exploits and their memories of the village.

A garden for Finlay
Posted on November 28 2016 at 1:27:40

Hannah Genders adds planting to a very special creative project.

Gifts of words and music
Posted on November 28 2016 at 12:16:40

Works by village authors and musicians make perfect Christmas present ideas.

Stitched with love
Posted on October 31 2016 at 2:32:07

Artrix in Bromsgrove was full of colourful creations when Avoncroft Young Embroiderers held a Stitch Day in the foyer.

The power of colour
Posted on August 30 2016 at 3:06:04

Sally Oldaker meets a village artist whose work attracts international attention.

Artists’ homage to Hockney
Posted on June 27 2016 at 12:42:26

Although there are original basic sketches by David Hockney that go up for auction at £10-£15,000, if you want something really striking by the artist it will cost you considerably more – indeed, one of his paintings sold for £5.2 million in New York in 2009.

Villagers with stories to tell
Posted on June 27 2016 at 11:39:26

Sally Oldaker reviews four recent books by three local authors.

Paul’s Wilde life
Posted on April 30 2016 at 1:47:32

Keith Woolford chats to fellow photographer Paul Wilde about his ‘all consuming’ hobby.

Strange but true?
Posted on March 31 2016 at 2:46:36

Alvechurch UFO experts John Hanson and Dawn Holloway have been called in to investigate the recent spate of strange sightings in the area.

Make a start with affordable art
Posted on December 23 2015 at 2:59:43

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton suggests buying art in a gallery.

Crafty Christmas shopping
Posted on November 30 2015 at 1:56:37

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits a special craft gallery.

Village Book Review: Formidable
Posted on November 02 2015 at 12:17:58

Following his biographies of two admirals involved in First World War naval disasters (one made a scapegoat, the other branded a coward), the latest book by Barnt Green author Steve Dunn focuses on a third maritime catastrophe.

Get your act together!
Posted on November 02 2015 at 8:29:58

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks ahead to a local festival in 2016.

Meet the Crow Man
Posted on September 29 2015 at 3:38:04

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits some friendly scarecrows.

Turning DIY into artwork
Posted on September 01 2015 at 2:35:20

To celebrate National DIY Week this month, Broad Street DIY in Bromsgrove is inviting people to create original art works, using the type of materials available at a hardware store.

Sculpture set in stone
Posted on September 01 2015 at 10:28:20

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton meets two in-demand local sculptors.

Family fun in the holidays
Posted on July 28 2015 at 3:35:38

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton tells us what’s on at Avoncroft.

Feast of flowers
Posted on June 28 2015 at 12:51:16

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks forward to a floral art display.

The value of art
Posted on June 28 2015 at 10:16:16

An Alvechurch exhibition will showcase affordable art, writes Dave Morgan.

Drama of vibrant colour
Posted on May 28 2015 at 10:14:54

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton meets a renowned artist who lives in our midst.

A place for lace
Posted on April 29 2015 at 11:15:34

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton enjoys a lace exhibition with a contemporary twist.

Circle of friends
Posted on March 30 2015 at 12:28:12

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks ahead to a spring exhibition.

In praise of pastels
Posted on February 28 2015 at 1:56:23

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton extols the virtues of a colourful medium.

Creative resolutions
Posted on February 01 2015 at 3:02:24

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton signs up at a popular arts centre.

Fab fabrics at Forge Mill
Posted on December 30 2014 at 2:39:02

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton admires some beautiful textiles.

We ♥ crafting!
Posted on November 27 2014 at 12:09:33

Crafty villagers will love to hear about a new venture in Alvechurch, which offers the opportunity not only to buy beautiful bespoke items but also to have a go at making something yourself.

Bromsgrove art heroes
Posted on November 27 2014 at 12:59:25

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton celebrates the town’s art scene.

Village Book Review: The Coward? The Rise and Fall of the Silver King
Posted on November 27 2014 at 10:46:33

As the world recalls the start of the Great War, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the days when self-sacrifice and patriotism were key, and failure to live up to those lofty ideals could stigmatise a man for the rest of his life.

Pop along to pop-up gallery
Posted on October 25 2014 at 11:43:03

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks forward to an art show in Redditch.

Art for the people
Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:59:07

Sally Oldaker meets an artist who specialises in memorial sculptures.

Cathedral full of colour
Posted on September 29 2014 at 10:22:53

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton finds art within a nearby landmark.

A wealth of talent
Posted on September 29 2014 at 9:16:53

Dave Morgan celebrates the success of the third annual Alvechurch art exhibition.

Take a trip back in time. . .
Posted on September 03 2014 at 3:11:43

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits a collection of historic buildings.

Art on the hillside
Posted on July 25 2014 at 1:07:12

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton meets a flourishing local art group.

Fabric forges friendships
Posted on May 27 2014 at 3:31:17

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton learns about a quilt exchange.

Righting a wartime wrong
Posted on April 22 2014 at 12:33:15

Almost 100 years since the start of the First World War, a Barnt Green author is hoping to restore the reputation of one of the conflict’s most maligned figures.

Village Book Review: Murder on the Brussels Express
Posted on March 21 2014 at 2:43:06

Acton Trussell is back, no longer an MP after flouting the nationwide smoking ban in The Smoking Gun, but trying to unravel a murder mystery.

Gifted artist shares skills
Posted on March 21 2014 at 2:49:06

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton meets a busy creator and teacher.

Inspired by secret garden
Posted on February 22 2014 at 1:41:12

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton meets Winterbourne’s resident artist.

Enthusiasm for art
Posted on January 23 2014 at 2:11:31

Betty Addison, who wrote about Burcot Art Group in 2003, gives us an update.

Take a leaf out of their book
Posted on November 29 2013 at 2:14:20

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits two very different libraries.

Celebration of creation
Posted on October 21 2013 at 2:32:22

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits an inspiring exhibition.

Gowns fit for a queen
Posted on September 20 2013 at 1:45:34

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks at historic christening gowns.

A brighter Birmingham
Posted on September 19 2013 at 2:18:34

Alvechurch artist George Benson has transformed a dull area of the city.

The spy who lived here
Posted on August 21 2013 at 11:57:59

Ten years ago, we ran this article about Alan Nunn May, the Barnt Green physicist who became a spy for the Russians. Its author, John H Smith, has now written a book on the scientist’s remarkable life.

Who WAS Will?
Posted on August 21 2013 at 10:16:59

. . . that is the question, as clues to Shakespeare’s end ‘are etched in Beoley skull’.

Norman’s discoveries
Posted on August 20 2013 at 1:30:59

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton previews an exhibition by a very local artist.

Poems in the park
Posted on June 28 2013 at 11:46:44

Visitors to the Alvechurch Big Lunch on may have noticed a new stall this year. The Withybed Poets were celebrating their seventh year by holding a “Poetry on Demand” event in which people could commission a poem to be written for them, on whatever theme they liked.

Art in action
Posted on June 27 2013 at 2:25:44

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton describes two local(ish) artistic attractions.

Inspired by flavour of life
Posted on June 26 2013 at 11:56:58

Living in her almost impossibly idyllic corner of Alvechurch, it’s not surprising that Jenna Plewes finds plenty of peace and inspiration for writing poetry – but her latest work is inspired by somewhere a bit further away from home.

Art for all at village hall!
Posted on June 25 2013 at 2:22:58

“You never know what you can achieve until you try” and “You’re never too old to learn” are two phrases that are often done to death, but have a lot of truth about them, writes Dave Morgan.

What Norah did next
Posted on May 21 2013 at 11:34:27

We had a great response when we published an extract from Norah May, the memoirs of a woman born in 1905 in Alvechurch – so, as promised, here is the next installment.

Artists of Alvechurch
Posted on April 21 2013 at 2:18:17

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits a diverse group of local artists planning a show.

Inspired by local views
Posted on March 19 2013 at 9:42:33

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton offers some of her work for inspection . . .

Creations that turn heads
Posted on February 18 2013 at 1:09:17

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton meets a group of creative hobbyists.

Watching the skies . . .
Posted on February 16 2013 at 10:52:17

An Alvechurch couple who are aiming to record the history of British UFO sightings since 1940 have now published a seventh volume of their Haunted Skies series.

Textiles and much more
Posted on January 20 2013 at 2:58:38

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits Inkberrow Design Centre.

Colour and light
Posted on November 22 2012 at 3:01:07

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton shares her love for the Pre-Raphaelites and some diverse stained glass.

Village Book Review
Posted on November 20 2012 at 1:42:11

The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players by Stephen Cooper

On the hunt for wildlife
Posted on October 21 2012 at 10:50:56

The semi-rural surroundings of Barnt Green have provided some rich pickings for local wildlife photographer Tim Hunt.

A welcome to the world
Posted on October 20 2012 at 12:03:56

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton views some unusually arty postcards.

Society of friends
Posted on September 19 2012 at 2:23:24

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton meets the Lickey Hills Art Society.

Ghosts galore!
Posted on September 19 2012 at 11:43:39

Our annual helping of spooky local stories . . . one from Alvechurch and two taken from Anne Bradford’s collections.

Tribal crafts
Posted on August 17 2012 at 2:30:25

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton attends Arts Week at a village school.

A Rings-side view
Posted on August 16 2012 at 8:58:31

The Olympics came to Alvechurch this summer. . .  in the shape of a special exhibition by our own resident cartoonist Bob Lawton.

Meet the makers
Posted on July 01 2012 at 11:53:19

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton seeks shelter in a crafty environment.

Your photos on canvas
Posted on July 01 2012 at 10:50:19

There are few things more meaningful to look at than pictures of special people and special times in our lives.

First exhibition for art class students
Posted on June 29 2012 at 12:04:19

In the December/January edition of The Village magazine I reported on how scary it was to start attending the art class run by Pam McGregor in Alvechurch, writes David Morgan.

New art on show in Rubery
Posted on May 24 2012 at 3:16:26

If you missed artist Neil Buchanan last time he came to Rubery, now is your chance to meet the former Art Attack presenter as he launches a brand new collection of limited edition fine art.

Crafts by the canal
Posted on May 22 2012 at 2:43:26

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits a real gem of a craft centre.

Gripping yarns
Posted on May 19 2012 at 12:16:29

Sally Oldaker meets a Barnt Green artist who creates vibrant images in an intriguing medium.

Fine art old and new
Posted on April 23 2012 at 2:37:00

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits two exhibitions in the local area.

Amazing ceramics
Posted on March 21 2012 at 11:15:35

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks at some different uses for clay.

Inspired by Leonardo . . .
Posted on February 20 2012 at 12:02:38

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton seeks out local arts and crafts.

Barnt Green Art Club: A Historical Note
Posted on January 22 2012 at 9:25:22

Patricia White, former Honorary Secretary, and Professor Richard White, former Honorary Treasurer, tell the Club’s story so far…

The art of being creative
Posted on January 19 2012 at 3:05:22

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton finds creativity in our midst.

Capturing the magic
Posted on November 29 2011 at 3:47:17

A Rowney Green photographer will see his work gracing the walls of Bromsgrove’s Artrix in a new exhibition this winter.

Perfect presents!
Posted on November 29 2011 at 10:43:17

A round-up of the latest books by local authors.

Brush strokes vs pixels
Posted on November 25 2011 at 3:52:42

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton compares online art with the real thing.

A century of change
Posted on November 23 2011 at 12:47:31

While history is so often about major events, the details of everyday lives are equally important in creating a portrait of a place and time – and it’s those details that are celebrated in a new book all about Tardebigge in the 20th century.

Much more than a cookery book
Posted on October 21 2011 at 12:10:40

Combining tantalising recipes with family history, a new book by local food expert Anita Sharma-James is a very special tribute to her inspirational mother.

Fairy-cake ending?
Posted on October 20 2011 at 2:27:07

Oakalls author Sue Watson chats to Sally Oldaker about writing her first novel, the importance of pursuing your passions, and the joy of fairy cakes.

Hidden treasures
Posted on October 20 2011 at 1:26:06

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits two exhibitions.

The eco dream
Posted on October 19 2011 at 12:54:57

Couple’s carbon-neutral creation enjoys a smooth birth, despite its grand design . . .

Vintage party planner
Posted on September 18 2011 at 2:33:28

As the trend for vintage-style, afternoon-tea-inspired homeware continues apace, local business Constance Wallace is expanding rapidly thanks to owner Diane Cooke’s many ideas based around the traditional tea-party theme.

The Concrete Waterfall
Posted on September 16 2011 at 1:53:12

Many people living in this beautiful part of the country have also learned to live with the M42. You may not see it, but its presence thrums away, felt strongly or less so depending on the direction of the breeze.

Hamlet enjoys its own festival
Posted on August 19 2011 at 10:08:21

The sun shone yet again on Withybed Green for their now-established annual Withyfest.

Taken over by UFOs
Posted on June 22 2011 at 12:50:14

The Village meets an Alvechurch couple who have spent the past 15 years tracking down unexplained activity in the skies of Britain.

Village Book Reviews
Posted on May 18 2011 at 12:09:26

The Village reviews two new publications by local authors.

Cover to cover
Posted on April 13 2011 at 3:15:42

Last month’s Bible reading marathon at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, produced a variety of interesting encounters, writes organiser Sue Phillips.

A boys’ own Barnt Green
Posted on February 22 2011 at 12:15:02

Growing up in a land of ‘Arrivers’ and ‘Strivers’, the Bantocks had a unique view of their world, which they are now sharing in a new book . . .

Tonia’s gentle touch
Posted on January 19 2011 at 11:58:27

Alvechurch writer reveals her lifetime romance with story telling.

The coolest way to travel
Posted on June 19 2010 at 1:29:36

Two new guidebooks offer ideas for enjoying canalside amenities across the UK.