‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?’ Gornal
This is the last of four films exploring the dialect of the Black Country using the voices and images of local people. This film is based up 10 audio recording of people living in Gornal.
Filmed and edited by: Joseph Potts
Audio edited by: Geoff Broadway
Audio recordings: Juanita Williams and Geoff Broadway
Photography: Kate Jackson
We are now busy getting ready for our next celebration event: Gornal 1st June at the Library.
We will be presenting a new film by Joseph Potts and hosting performances of newly commissioned material by Emma Purshouse and Billy Spakemon, and more besides.. The details are on the invite, we really hope to see you there!
‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?’ Oldbury
This is the third of four films exploring the dialect of the Black Country using the voices and images of local people. This film is based up eight audio recording of people living in Oldbury combined with photos from family albums and the local archive collections of Ned Williams and Keith Hodgkins. Additional photography by Geoff Broadway and Kate Jackson.
Produced and edited by: Geoff Broadway
Recordings: Geoff Broadway and Juanita Williams
We are now getting ready for the Oldbury event – please see the invite for more information and also note the change of venue. It’s going to be a great evening – we hope to see you there!
We had our second celebration event last week at Cradley Heath Library where we shared some of the lovely work produced as part of the project. This included a performance of Yamlet by Little Earthquake Theatre, a performance of new work about local dialect by poet Heather Wastie, and a film with local voices and images produced by Geoff Broadway. You can read more below.
The second of four commissioned films produced by Geoff Broadway. This one reflects some of the local dialect in Cradley Heath with recordings from 10 local people and a mixture of old and new images.
It’s been a busy time for the ‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?’ as we move into the final 4 months of this 2 year-long project. Please read on below to find out what we have been up to.
We recorded Graham Walker from Oldbury (originally from Smethwick) who shared his thoughts on being part of the Black Country and the importance of treasuring its heritage.
Lee Partridge and Jean Sweetland from Oldbury.
Over the course of his life Ron Moss has created a significant photographic archive that captures many of his life’s passions. Ron has very kindly shared some of his personal collection with us to use as part of the project, and we are delighted to showcase a small selection of his archive here. Continue reading
We met the lovely Yvonne Fletcher to record her for the in-production Oldbury film.
We made a short interview with writer Mandy Ross, asking her about her work on the project with various groups around Oldbury that included Young at Heart, Langley Lodge; Year 4 pupils at George Betts School; The Cancer Support Group at Jack Judge House; and KS2 year groups Y3-Y6 at St Huberts Infant and Junior School.
Recorded and edited by Geoff Broadway.
We are very busy preparing for our up and coming celebratory event in Cradley Heath on the 6th of April. It’s going to be a really good evening that reflects some of really interesting stories, responses and images that local people have contributed.
John Edwards of Oldbury Continue reading