Wednesday July 06 2022



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 . . .

An extraordinary exhibition
Posted on February 27 2020 at 2:32:24

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith discovers some passionate, uplifting local art.

Art for all the family
Posted on January 29 2020 at 12:49:56

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith explores art and pottery activities for all ages in Alvechurch.

First creative steps
Posted on December 19 2019 at 10:23:15

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith discovers some inspirational enamelled work.

Gift ideas for book-lovers
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:23:56

The latest edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine published by the Bromsgrove Society, is now available.

Inspired by nature
Posted on November 29 2019 at 12:54:56

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith shines a light on an exhibition of vibrant paintings.

Photography as art
Posted on September 30 2019 at 10:40:08

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith hopes to inspire readers with his travel pictures.

Pictures in glass
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:08:47

Anne Humphries, of Alvechurch Historical Society, introduces the restored windows at St Laurence.

Tale of a shameful conquest
Posted on August 30 2019 at 9:41:47

Journalist and former Barnt Green resident Nigel Hastilow has created a fictionalised account of true events that reads like a novel but reveals a fascinating insight into a “shameful conquest”,

Busy year for flower society
Posted on August 30 2019 at 9:34:47

Rose Hill Flower Arrangement Society is having an enjoyably busy year.

Colour and vibrancy
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:51:36

Village art exhibition features local scenes plus portraits and seascapes in oils.

Aiming for the Moon
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:48:26

Dave Morgan looks ahead to the annual art exhibition in Alvechurch.

Try something new!
Posted on May 30 2019 at 9:45:30

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith looks ahead to a festival of the arts.

Reflecting Bromsgrove
Posted on April 29 2019 at 10:53:04

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith urges a visit to the annual exhibition at All Saints Church.

Tricky politics of trade war
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:15:23

This is Steve Dunn’s seventh naval history book, and with two more already in progress, you’d think there wouldn’t be many aspects of the Royal Navy’s WWI exploits the Barnt Green author hadn’t already covered.

Tales of mice and men
Posted on February 25 2019 at 1:58:23

Four very different books form the latest offering from Rednal author Jack Walsh.

Beyond traditional lace
Posted on February 25 2019 at 1:05:23

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith encourages readers to visit a contemporary lace exhibition at Artrix.

Imagination & illustration
Posted on January 31 2019 at 10:27:49

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith meets local poet and illustrator Penny Turner.

City faces and places
Posted on January 31 2019 at 10:25:49

Barnt Green photographer Mark Winson gives us a preview of his first exhibition.

Battle for the North Sea
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:07:14

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has written a seventh naval history book, this time focusing on the role of Scandinavia in the battle for the North Sea in WWI.

The story of Finstall 
Posted on November 30 2018 at 3:36:20

Finstall author Jennie McGregor-Smith, whose previous works have covered the Victorian expansion of Bromsgrove, Aston Fields, Blackwell and Burcot, has turned the spotlight on her own village with a new book called The Story of Finstall.

Tales of historic Hanbury
Posted on November 30 2018 at 3:10:20

The 2018 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, has been published by The Bromsgrove Society.

A mine of information
Posted on November 30 2018 at 3:05:20

Aston Fields author and mineralogist Roy Starkey has produced a beautifully-illustrated book exploring important mineral deposits in the surrounding area.

White on black
Posted on November 30 2018 at 2:23:20

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith highlights the stunning art of Eric Watson.

A new chapter for Sue
Posted on November 30 2018 at 3:14:20

Oakalls author Sue Watson has branched out from romantic comedy fiction with her latest novel, a dark and twisted psychological thriller.

Textures in nature
Posted on October 30 2018 at 1:46:54

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith encourages participation in future art workshops.

Words to artistry
Posted on September 30 2018 at 12:32:30

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith is thrilled by the talent of local embroiderers.

Character through art
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:36:19

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith visits Bromsgrove Art Society’s annual exhibition.

Diverse art on display
Posted on June 30 2018 at 9:59:21

Dave Morgan looks forward to a display of paintings in three very different styles.

Smart approach to mental health
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:49:10

Fourteen months of hard work has paid off for two authors who launched their first book to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Village Book Review: Bayly’s War
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:31:13

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has, for his sixth book on WW1 naval history, chosen to concentrate on a specific theatre of the war and the somewhat divisive figure at its centre.

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.

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

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

We ♥ crafting!
Posted on November 27 2014 at 12:09:18

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.

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.