Bimingham's cultural scene in the 1930s. What made the city such a cultural hub between the wars?
With: David Lodge, Tessa Sidey, Roger Shannon, Alan Mahar Birmingham was buzzing with creative people during the 1930s; modernist architects, surrealist painters and a host of writers including W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Walter Allen. To use a new-fangled phrase, what made the city such a cultural hub between the wars? Author David Lodge, film producer Roger Shannon, Tessa Sidey from Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Alan Mahar of Tindal Street Press will be exploring the period, alongside a screening of Lodge’s TV documentary As I Was Walking Down Bristol Street (dir: Jim Berrow, 1983) and beautiful amateur cine footage from the time.
With thanks to the Media Archive of Central England.
Photo: Birmingham Library and Archive Services.
The map of literary landmarks below was created by Michael Johnston. There are more details on his detective work at mikeinmono.blogspot.com.
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Birmingham’s cultural scene in the 1930s