Art Culture

‘What hath night to do with sleep?’…A review of Spare Rib

Spare Rib’s Paradise Lost was certainly not an event to be slept on. Instead, attendees spent their night dancing to heavy house and disco beats, immersed in an underworld filled with ethereal contemporary art. The event takes inspiration from its namesake, the epic poem written by John Milton, which tells the biblical tale of the […]

Comedy Fringe

The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends review

The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends, performed by James Haikney, Alex Hiscock and Zack Sizer is a remarkably ingenious show. The idea is simple. First, at the beginning of each show, everybody in the audience must think about one of the big, burning questions of life they always desired to know, such as ‘Who sent […]


Live Review: The Japanese House thrill their audience at The Caves

Standing in the queue waiting for The Caves to open, it’s easy to get the feeling that The Japanese House is on a steady trajectory towards becoming a household name. Snaking round the venue is a buzzing chain of fans, and their murmur reveals fervent praise for the new album Good at Falling alongside obsessions […]

Live Music

JAWS at The Caves: Birmingham’s finest provide a heady feast for the senses

Making waves as one of several bands to come out of Birmingham in recent years, JAWS has a sound that can be hard to articulate, but certainly not to dance to. With their music being compared to everyone from Foals to fellow Brummies Swim Deep and Ride, JAWS create dreamy layers of sound that seem […]

Culture Literature

Blackwell’s Presents: An Evening with Anthony Horowitz

Magpie Murders is not your ordinary murder-mystery novel. In Horowitz’ own words, it is a ‘a whodunnit novel within a whodunnit novel.’ Anthony Horowitz has been ‘writing murders’ for decades: whether you know his writing from his Sherlock Holmes novels, Midsomer Murders, or the Alex Rider franchise, you’ll know that it’s a subject he’s well versed […]