This is a video of Birmingham’s poet laureate visiting tea takers at Blakesley Hall – the 16th century home of Birmingham merchant Richard Smalbroke. Their family legacy lives on in this Tudor half-timber wattle and daub farmhouse and in the concrete glory of Smallbrook Queensway.
Poet and storyteller Adrian Johnson visited the house as part of his 24 hour blogging tour of the city to celebrate the breadth of Birmingham culture, a contribution to our bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2013.
“The Big Culture Blog has been nothing short of amazing. The blog shows that culture is about so much more than just works of art or performances. The diversity of culture in Birmingham enriches all our lives and the potential if we are named UK City of Culture is phenomenal.”
Birmingham is competing with Derry ( or Londonderry) Norwich and Sheffield for the honour.