Author: jameskennedy

The Big Bake: The Big Interview!

Once again this April 14, Stirchley Baths is going to host the Stirchley Big Bake, a large event conceived by one of our volunteers Danni Bee, which helps raise funds for Christmas Shelter and other charities. Last year was a real success, and I got to speak to Danni regarding the plans for this year’s Bake…

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Kopfkino returns to Stirchley Baths’ Cinema Room this Friday!

Stirchley Baths has a great space, the “ Cinema Room” which has played host to a number of film screenings  since opening in 2016 and will be hosting more and more film events thanks to a new community led  Stirchley Community Cinema Project , seed funded by the city’s Local Innovation Fund – this will be starting in the next couple of months so watch this space!

In the meantime we have caught up with our good friends Kopfkino and co-founder Kerry Leslie who are returning to Stirchley Baths this Friday 16 March with a new screening of Afshar Films’ ‘The Case Against Assad: Syria’s Disappeared’. The event will be in support of King’s Heath Action for Refugees, and please see below about other ways in which you can help those affected by the Syrian conflict….

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A Visit To The Memory Cafe

On Tuesday 19th February I was invited to visit the Memory Café, a monthly event, initially set up as part of Stirchley Baths’ heritage programme in collaboration with Rachel Duggan and Carla Smith from Leaf Creative Arts. The event is held in the Cinema Room at Stirchley Baths. The Café provides a space for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory problems to engage with multi-sensory arts activities, to create and reminisce, with a steady supply of hot drinks and cakes.

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Hello from your new blogger!

Hello! My name is James Kennedy, I’m a freelance writer living in Stirchley. I am pleased to be joining Stirchley Baths as a volunteer where I will be busy overseeing the production of their bi-monthly newsletter.

We are planning to have the March/April newsletter ready on March 26. As an aside, this blog will feature exclusive previews of our major events at the Baths, interviews with our volunteers and regular groups, and even a look back into our archive, a host of colourful characters with many wonderful stories.

I love writing about places and spaces. I am currently working on a book, The Wind, a creative account of the changing face of Birmingham’s City Centre over the last ten years. I enjoy all arts, a nice cup of tea or coffee, and looking for the magical within the mundane.

I hope you enjoy what we’ve got in store for you!

All the best

James xx