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Dagmar Winther and Kenneth Degnbol, Danish crime-writing thriller team, who are coming to Birmingham Literature Festival

Scandi noir fiction in spotlight at Birmingham Literature Festival

When Dagmar Winther, one half of Danish crime-thriller-writing team Sander Jakobsen, appears at Birmingham Library next week in an evening devoted to the popular genre of Scandi noir, it will be in some ways a homecoming.

Women & Theatre mark 30 years of working women in new play at Birmingham Rep

Actors in new production For The Past 30 Years, Lorna Laidlaw, Hema Mangoo and Janice Connolly.
Working for 30 years is quite an achievement in the current climate of internships, zero hours contracts and disappearing pensions

114 years on, why George Cadbury's Bournville is still the role model for successful housing

Bournville, Birmingham
George Cadbury’s achievements were recently recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which awarded him honorary membership

Great Birmingham Run Co-op team determined to help children's disability charity

The Co-operative team taking part in the Great Birmingham Run. Back, left to right: Stephen Pensom, Matthew Ward, Kevin Bruerton. Front, left to right: Catherine Allen and Louise McFadzean
Five colleagues based at the Lichfield headquarters are taking part to raise money for Staffordshire-based UK children's disability charity Newlife Foundation

Handmade Burger Company to open third Birmingham restaurant

Phil Davies, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial (left), with Handmade Burger Company founder Chris Sargeant outside the chain's Bullring restaurant
Chain to launch in Grand Central and three other UK sites after securing £400,000 finance package from Lloyds Bank
Phil Davies, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial (left), with Handmade Burger Company founder Chris Sargeant outside the chain's Bullring restaurant

Handmade Burger Company to open third Birmingham restaurant

Chain to launch in Grand Central and three other UK sites after securing £400,000 finance package from Lloyds Bank

Restaurant plans for former Midland Bank building

The former Midland Bank headquarters at 33 Bennetts Hill which could house a new restaurant or bar
Real Estate Investors lodges application to covert offices into restaurant or bar following £1.5m acquisition in April

Malvern Autumn Show returns for a celebration of food, gardening and nostalgia

Food, drink and giant vegetables take centre stage at this year's Malvern Autumn Show.
The Malvern Autumn Show returns this weekend, at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire, promising a celebration of food, gardening and nostalgia. Mary Griffin takes a look at what's in store
Social reformer Sir Rowland Hill, who was born in Kidderminster

The Birmingham murder most foul that left its stamp on history

The Midland-born Victorian social reformer Sir Rowland Hill - inventor of the penny postage stamp - played a little known part in a macabre episode in Birmingham's history, writes keen historian Peter Douglas Osborn

Thousands turned out to be in Lloyd George film

A still from the 10-part film on David Lloyd George showing the scene outside Birmingham Town Hall.
The riots which took place after Lloyd George's infamous speech in Birmingham in 1901 were recreated for the big screen. Chris Upton reports

The Worcester curate helping to build bridges with the sweet smell of home

Father Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, also known as Woodbine Willie.
Worcester curate, Father Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, who was honoured for his bravery in the First World War is remembered in an exhibition. Chris Upton reports
The Moratab Pazhan - an Iranian-built Land Rover

Not the end of the road for classic Land Rover

When Land Rover stops production of its iconic Defender in 2015, Iran will be one of the few places drivers can still buy a version of it in the shape of the Morattab Pazhan

New BMW MINI has got massive appeal

The MINI is now available as a five-door, five seater for the first time.
Edward Stephens discovers that size really is everything when he gets comfortable in the first five door MINI

Road Test: Rolls-Royce Wraith has grace and elegance with raw performance

Rolls-Royce Wraith the fastest most powerful Roller to date.
Rolls-Royce has come up with its fastest and most powerful car. Edward Stephens takes a test drive in the Rolls-Royce Wraith.
Sunshine Cottage in Walton Pool, Clent, Worcestershire.

Worcestershire cottage is sure to warm the hearts of visitors

This well positioned home in Walton Pool, Clent, with quirky dining room is sure to warm the hearts of visitors, says Alison Jones

Coventry home comes with amenities that make it easy to stay active in all weathers

Merton House in Cryfield Grange Road, Gibbett Hill, Coventry.
There are amenities that make it easy to stay active in all weathers in this impressive family home in Gibbet Hill, Coventry, writes Alison Jones

114 years on, why George Cadbury's Bournville is still the role model for successful housing

Bournville, Birmingham
George Cadbury’s achievements were recently recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which awarded him honorary membership

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Sunshine Cottage in Walton Pool, Clent, Worcestershire.

Worcestershire cottage is sure to warm the hearts of visitors

Merton House in Cryfield Grange Road, Gibbett Hill, Coventry.

Coventry home comes with amenities that make it easy to stay active in all weathers

Michael Buble on stage in concert at the NIA in March

Michael Bublé to perform as NIA renamed the Barclaycard Arena

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