Fewer women win the Man Booker Prize than men. Books about women are less likely to win prizes than books about men. And in 2015, Kamila Shamsie published a piece in The Guardian proposing that throughout 2018 all new titles be written by women. And Other Stories was the only publishing house in the UK to take up the challenge. We've been talking to their fiction editor, Tara Tobler (pictured), in advance of her appearance at Birmingham Literature Festival.
It’s only fitting that Dirty Martini teamed up with B’ham's own Langley’s gin for a collection of Peaky Blinders-inspired cocktails, designed espesh for their new Bennetts Hill spot. Here are some key ingredients for two of the Old Tom Gin lovelies. Rather than DIYing a drink, they're open from April 21.
Winter is dead to us. Seriously, we’re done. Embrace spring by deep diving into the season’s loveliest and most colourful garms from the completely new range at Emporio Armani in Mailbox. Here's looking at you, multi-colour sweaters, that trainer trend and playful power dressing. Transitional clothes have never been so fun.
We need some more girls in here / Couple a Chantelles and Chanelles in here / So pass me the bitter let me get heavy on / Buff ting gally rude boy sling it on / There's too many man, too many many man /
Not exactly the most Bell & Smokey of lyrics, but when you're ordering two Menemen for brunch, trust us, it's hard to get the lyrics of Two Many Man by English grime collective, Boy Better Know, out of your head. So hard in fact that we found ourselves rap battling the lyrics with a neighbouring table the moment the waitress was gone.
You're right, B'ham's full of incred lofts and spaces to rest your head. And while breaking and entering is still a big no-no, having a good look through the medium of Airbnb is totally allowed. Here are our pick of Brum's most enviable spots to secure, whether you're staycationing or looking for somewhere to put the rellies you could really do with not having in your one-bed.
There are so many new openings in B’ham right now that we’re proper struggling to keep up. What a wonderful time to be alive. Here are the absolute most excitingest.
Lord knows we’re big into relaxy, natural, new age spa treatments. But we’re also recent converts to Flint+Flint’s ‘anti-spa’ concept — dark salons with neon lights and fancy skincare science that actually works.
We can't find anything we really want to watch on Netflix either. A completely gorgeous and alternative way to spend a school night is learning to create thaali — ridonc good for you, coin-purse friendly and envy-inducing when you recreate it for your pals. All very freezable too — dang we're growing up.
Set back into the grounds of Hampton Manor, exists a haven of relaxation that feels more like a dreamy Cotswold spa than a location fifteen minutes by train from New Street. And you really wouldn't know Hampton Clinic was there unless someone told you. So as is customary, we're stepping up to the job.