Dear Editor, I write to invite readers to join the heroes’ journey with short stories and poetry in public spaces at five locations in Birmingham’s city centre, on Thursday, October 8 at noon-2pm and 4pm-6pm as part of national poetry day.
The theme is Heroes and Heroines and for that day a new poem will be performed to mark the 200th anniversary of the great British sea faring hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, a man who the people of Birmingham honoured by raising funds for a statue.
Horatio Nelson stands right in the centre of the new Bullring in Birmingham, looking towards Digbeth, and that’s exactly where the heroes’ journey will begin.
The heroes’ journey is for everyone who would like to read out or share a very short story, poem or memory of someone that inspires them in their life. The heroes’ journey starts at noon and also at 4pm on Thursday, October 8 and includes stops at:
1. The statue of Nelson in the Bull ring, then a walk to
2. The half finished building workers’ memorial column in the grounds of the Birmingham Cathedral on Colmore Row, then
3. The iron man at the top of Birmingham New Street, then
4. The Floosie in the Jacuzzi outside Birmingham City Council, then
5. The three Golden Boys (Boulton, Watt, Murdoch) on Broad Street, then
6. The empty, former site of Raymond Mason’s Forward sculpture.
Adrian Johnson, MSc,
Merrivale Road, Smethwick