And we’re off.
The summer school of production for our Discovery Season Festival Brochure kicked off with a bang today. A massive bang. A large gold box full of books kind of bang. Feeling very important, with our notebooks, cameras and name badges, the Birmingham 2022 team headed off to the Library of Birmingham this morning for a preview of the brilliance that is to come.
Caitlin Griffiths of Capsule kindly showed us around the building, and boy is Birmingham in for a treat. All still a bit hush hush for now with the exciting things that are happening on the inside, but what’s the harm in talking about the outside?
My biggest joy of driving into work right now is the moment when you twirl around Spaghetti Junction, off the M6 and you have that first view of Birmingham soil, and its skyline. Now with the newest addition being the Library, I am looking forward to it becoming as iconic as the other buildings around Brum such as the Bull and Selfridges. Soon enough the Library will be that image that people think of when they think of Birmingham.
For a building that resembles a large square box, it is actually a lot taller than you would think, and the views are absolutely amazing. As in, like really breathtaking. I had never seen Birmingham look so good. As we were standing out on the terrace today, sunning ourselves on the wooden bench areas, amongst the flowers and the panoramic city views, I felt like I had paid to be at the top of the Empire State Building, but getting more value for money. Obviously there are no rushes of people (yet) but the terraces are an attraction in itself. Yes plural. One at the front, and one at the back. Just so you can view every inch of Brumminess.
We did spend some time in the Library, looking at what goes where, and talking about the art pieces that are going to be featured. So far it is all looking and sounding every bit of wonderful and I cannot wait for the doors to open on the 3rd September.
This also panics me a little, we have to go off and write about everything we saw today. Only for a few people. Only 70,000 copies are being printed. Just a few.
This afternoon consisted of a bit of a plan and deciding who is writing/designing/drawing what for the brochure. And who is talking/interviewing/chasing who. So we are all prepared(ish) and ready to go. Bring on the Production Summer School.
Words and Photography By Abbey Duckett.