St Patrick’s Literary Festival Update

Good morning, this is Jim providing an update on the proposed St Patrick’s Literary Festival.

I have had an email from Kent Davis asking if all interested parties could meet next Tuesday at the Spotted Dog Pub on Warwick in Digbeth next Tuesday at 6pm. This will be a meeting to explain the ethos behind the gig, and what it plans to achieve. A map is provided for those unfamiliar with the area…

The Spotted Dog
104 Warwick Street
Birmingham, B12 0NH, UK
0121 772 3822

Furthermore, we have a proposed date for the event – Tuesday 16th March, at 7pm. The event will take place at the Old Crown in Digbeth, which is on the main High Street in Digbeth, positioned near the entrance of the Custard Factory. Please see the attached flyer, and forward it on to any parties that you think may be interested.

If you have any further questions then do not hesitate to contact me or Kent about this matter.


James Kennedy


Saint Patrick’s Day Readings!

Good afternoon and a happy new year to all.

I have had an email from Kent Davis, the owner of the Rainbow pub in Digbeth. He is planning a live literature event during Saint Patrick’s Day (or the corresponding weekend – date and venue tbc) which will be a tribute to the superb Irish literary canon.

 Readers can perform their own chosen favourites and/or inspirations – and from a list that involves Behan, Beckett, O’Brien(s), O’Casey, Wilde, Synge, Doyle, Banville, Enright, MacCabe to name but a few, taking the modern with the classics – the possibilities, as they say, are many. 

Would anybody be interested in performing at this event? I have only had this email through today from Kent but it sounds like a great idea.

Please get back to me at or chat about it here if you are interested. I would like to get a programme together for this and make it a real celebration!



What I have been doing with my spare time..

And so it begins. I don’t actually have any spare time because actually I am doing these things..  and here are a few suggestions of things you might like to do to with your time,spare or otherwise.

  • Reading Khaled Hossini’s The Kite Runner.

  • Watching Being Erica on E4, if you miss this time travel therapy series you can always enjoy it on 4OD.

  • Visiting The Coffee Shop Poets: Every 1st Thursday,58-59 Cheapside Digbeth (the old Post Office), 8.30pm Free in.

  • Shouting at Jeremy Kyle,and being enthralled by his make -up and make- believe. If you miss the pantomime,it’s on ITV2 as well. Heaven help us, he’s even got a DVD out.

  • Going to the Christmas Sunday Xpress- Dec 13th,The Adam And Eve,Digbeth, 3pm til late.Free in.Raffle.

  • Ignoring the X Factor now all of the good ones have gone. Singing competion? Performance parade? Who cares?

  • Learning to say swearwords in sign language.

  • Posting blogs-Have a go, mail me ,it’s got to be better than this..

Sammy x

Louise Stokes – new novel previewed online

Out now on e-books, soon to be out in paperback; Louise’s second novel, ‘The Land of No Hope Survives….Where Death is not the only Consequence of Suicide’ has been published by London Publishers Chipmunka Publishing.

Louise says:

Chipmunka are a very unique and inspiring publishing company with a particular interest in all genres of writing around mental health issues, so were the perfect publishers for this novel, which, as with much of my fictional and non-fictional work, explores these issues, and the organisations which are supposed to help us maintain that health but which are often found sadly lacking. More

Louise Mary Stokes – now stocked in Borders at the Bullring










Louise shares her exciting news with us:

Just to let you all know that after a meeting in Borders Book Shop, Bull Ring, B’ham this morning, they have taken copies of Faerie Dust, Nine and Marooned, which should be on the shelves and available to buy in a couple of weeks, once they’re on the computer system!  

Nine was published by Wrote Under too, so this also marks a milestone in our growth as a community publisher. Click on the images to read descriptions of the books, then hot-foot it down to Borders and make sure you don’t miss out! You can also purchase copies of Nine by emailing (we will invoice you via PayPal), priced at £7 each + £1 P&P (or we’ll try and get it to you by hand if you’re local and prefer to avoid the postage).

Coming soon… “Nine” by Louise Mary Stokes

Funds are currently being raised to published the second Wrote Under book, a collection of short stories from the creater of Kimmy Sue-Ann.


The Underground Three Go Mainstream

The Underground Three Go Mainstream - Big Bren, James Kennedy, Paul Rafferty

The Underground Three Go Mainstream - Big Bren, James Kennedy, Paul Rafferty

A collective book displaying the talents of Big Bren Higgins, Jimmy Fantastik, and Paul ‘Scissorman’ Rafferty.

Released around Xmas 2007, and a second print of the book is currently on sale. We’re working on getting an online ordering and payment system but in the meantime if you’d like to order a copy of any of our books, please email us on and I can send you an invoice via PayPal. The Underground Three Go Mainstream is priced at £6.50 + £1 P&P (but if we can get it to you by hand to avoid the postage charges we will).