February 25th, 11 am
OxfamReads! Motherhood and Creativity
Do you see being a mother as part of your creativity or something that leaves no time for writing, painting, cooking or gardening? Is there a difference between raising a child and making art?
Two Kings Heath artists -- Jo Ind, writer, and Katrice Horsley, story-teller -- share stories, readings and conversation on the connections between motherhood and creativity.
Jo is the author of Memories of Bliss and Fat is a Spiritual Issue. She is a digital content creator and journalist.
Katrice is a story-teller, consultant and trainer. She was the National Storytelling Laureate from 2012-14.
Free! First come, first served.
February 27th, 5 pm
OxfamReads! Catherine O'Flynn: The Ghost by the Till
Catherine O'Flynn will talk about her lifelong haunting of retail spaces and the surprisingly large role shops have played in her life and work. The short talk will be followed by an informal Q&A where Catherine will be happy to answer questions on writing, reading and traveling on escalators.
Catherine is the author of three novels. Her debut, What Was Lost, won the 2008 Costa First Novel Award.
Free tickets available on EventBrite at http://bit.ly/1yW83Nk
February 27th, 7 pm
Reopening Celebration with Damon Minchella + Tom Forbes
Bassist Damon Minchella (Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller, The Players) will be spinning tracks from his back catalogue, artists he's worked with, along with some funk, soul and Brit Pop classics. His current project, The Family Silver, includes Steve White (The Style Council, Paul Weller) and Matt Deighton (Mother Earth, Oasis).
Tom Forbes is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from Worcestershire. By using the loop pedal live people can hear Tom build up layers of sound including beat boxing, vocal harmonies, guitar overdubs, drum machines, synths and samples. His fresh sound has already drawn the attention of Scratch Radio and was featured on BBC Introducing. BBC's Jack Parker said, "He's young, talented and needs to be experienced live for his raw energy-filled performances. Definitely one for the future."
Free tickets available on EventBrite at http://bit.ly/16Wnnml