Back to Back at the Back to Backs

10 creative writers and 10 visual artists make a site specific response to Birmingham’s historic communal courtyard housing.

I’ll be writing a site-specific piece and performing it on the * POSTPONED until further notice * at the Back to Backs in Birmingham. I am working in conjunction with visual artist Deb Catesby. The visual art exhibition element runs from * also postponed *.

It’s going to be a great event. More details on the art\write web site. Booking is essential but it is not open yet.

Birmingham Back to Backs – National Trust

55-63 Hurst Street/50-54 Inge Street, Birmingham, B5 4TE

Now preserved by the National Trust these buildings represent the working history of Birmingham. The 19th-century courtyard of working people’s houses provides an atmospheric glimpse into the lives of the ordinary people who helped make Birmingham an extraordinary city. They are Birmingham’s last surviving court of back to backs – houses built literally back-to-back around a communal courtyard. The National Trust tour moves from the 1840s through to the 1970s, giving us an insight into the lives of some of the former residents who crammed into these small houses to live and work.