Lamp Tavern Live – Tickets – Eliana Cargnelutti – Saturday 25th January 2020

As part of her UK tour, we are pleased to welcome Elaina Cargnelutti to the Lamp for our second January gig. Tickets £8.00

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Chain-Makers, Chapels and Pubs – Peter Head
Cyprus based author and son of Cradley, Peter Head, takes us on a journey spanning two centuries. It is the Journey his family took from the countryside of Shropshire to the industrial heartland of Cradley where much of the world’s chain was being forged. It is a story of Chain-makers, Chapels and Pubs as some family members became ministers, and others became publicans. In charting the story of his own family Peter Head tells the history of the most important chain-making town in the world from its infancy to its post industrial present. Born into a family passionate about the Black Country dialect, the final part of the book contains the most comprehensive glossary of Black Country words and phrases since Jon Ravens Black Country Waerd Books of the late 1970s   Includes: Many Previously unpublished photographs Glossary of Black Country words
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Lone Wolf – Len Webster
Brought up in Smethwick in the close packed streets a stone's throw from West Bromwich Albion's ground, Len Webster first worked as a local journalist before gaining English degrees then going on to become a teacher and lecturer. He has travelled extensively, particularly in south east Asia which has been the setting for much of his published work. In Lone Wolf Len recalls the streets of his home town with a fondness demonstrating that distance either in miles or years in no way diminishes closeness with family, friends and familiar places. Len's other works include Beneath the Blue Moon and Hell-riders. While living in Singapore, he was a finalist in the Asiaweek short story competition.
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Lamp Tavern Live – Tickets – The Stumble – Friday 10th July 2020

We welcome back the ever popular The Stumble for the first of two visits this year. Tickets £12.00 Your tickets will be available for collection on the door on the night of the show. If you would like to receive … Continued

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Those Were The Days – Carol Hathorne
The first part of nationally acclaimed author Carol Hathorne’s autobiography, SLURRY & STRAWBERRIES was published by the Black Country Society in 2002 and covered the early years of her Tipton childhood.  Carol went on to write a further two parts, BREAD PUDDING DAYS, and A WOODBINE ON THE WALL covering her teenage years.   In 2006, The Kates Hill Press brought out FIVE MINUTES LOVE, bringing together in one volume all three parts of this incredible story as a comb bound publication. It was made  available in paperback in 2011. In the meantime Carol Hathorne continued with her story, writing ALL SHOOK UP which was published by the Kates Hill Press in booklet form in 2007. The final two parts of he her autobiography are, UP, UP AND AWAY, and ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. The three part to the story are brought together in THOSE WERE THE DAYS.   ALL SHOOK UP takes the author into the world of work and relationships.   UP, UP AND AWAY wherein Carol Hathorne becomes a published author from a youth culture fuelled by Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan and caught up in the antagonisms of the time. A first trip abroad completes the section.   ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE with Carol working as a reporter for West Bromwich News, her emergence into adult life.   At turns moving, endearing and funny, THOSE WERE THE DAYS is a must for anyone interested in the social history of the  Black Country, and for anyone for whom those were indeed the days.  
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A Pocketful of Memories: Blackheath – Tossie Patrick
"If you'm a gooin hoppin, doa forget to bring me back hop pickin opple." Old Black Country saying in Blackheath TOSSIE PATRICK describes how she revisited the streets of her childhood just before the bulldozers erased them from the landscape. She was moved to record what were, for her, happier times; the school, Christmas, hop-picking.... Recalling characters from the community, as well as from her own family, the Blackheath of the 1930s is brought back to life. Illustrations by Ron Slack
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Ghost Voices – Barry Morris
"You round eyes, you come to my country, point your fingers , condemn our beliefs, rubbish our culture, try to change our values. What you know of values?" Set within the turmoil of the Vietnam war, Ghost Voices is a stark depiction of the affects of combat upon some of the men of 2 Bravo 6 Platoon Royal Marines.; their relationships, attitudes and reactions to dealing with the perpetual boredom and sudden horrors that peacekeeping can bring. Barry Morris reveals what others often omit; the unrelenting struggle to overcome fear and the powerlessness of having to witness abuse of non combatants. All monies from this title go to Amnesty International.
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Stories of the Old Black Country – Clarice Hackett
As earth closets went...this one wasn't too bad...rather smelly, but so was everyone else's Eggy in Eggy Goes Hop Picking Four short stories set in the late 19th/early 20th century Black Country. EGGY GOES HOP PICKING recalls the days when the annual hop picking trip was the annual holiday. In BLACK COUNTRY JUNGLE too much time in a kid's hide-away leads to trouble for Billy. Can things be mended? MATILDA'S STORY sees Enoch look for love. Other people have other ideas when he finds it. WHAT'S IN A NAME tells why Aunt Dustere was called that.
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