In honour of all of those who have chosen the Soho Road and Handsworth as their home, Black Heritage Walks Network will be inviting residents to join them on curated walks of the area – highlighting the local heritage and landmarks – whilst asking them to consider their own connection to that place. 

Subsequent memory sharing and creative writing workshops led by Overhear will give participants the opportunity to co-create and transform their stories into a collection of audio poems. These will be digitally pinned to real-life locations using the Overhear app, that users can collect by exploring Handsworth and its history of migration (think ‘Pokemon Go’ for poetry!) 

Whether experienced in a park, a housing estate or a bus stop, audiences will be encouraged to pause, listen, reflect, and ultimately celebrate the vibrant super-diverse community that calls Handsworth home. 

A Creative City Project generously funded by Birmingham City Council  

Generously supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Transport for West Midlands and National Express West Midlands. 

Image © Ahsen Sayeed