We’ve had a big week for events at 1000 Trades. Saturday was the occasion of our third Now Ham, a night of credible 80s music. But we broke new ground on three fronts.

On Wednesday, we hosted the first event of a new Birmingham and Black Country RSA Network. We are grateful to Marc Reeves (Editor, Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post), Sharon Palmer (Regional Action West Midlands) and Sarah Middleton (Black Country Consortium) for a stimulating debate on the future of our region. Among other provocative suggestions, we considered whether Birmingham City Council should be broken up, and the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) of the West Midlands consolidated.

On Thursday, we hosted a night of wine and poetry. Sam Olive revisited the pointers on bag-in-box wine, which he has previously shared with us. We further spiced things up by also having the evening feature readings of poems chosen by Cynthia Miler of the Verve festival and Emma Wright of the Emma Press. As we will be having future RSA events, we’ll also be having more wiRSA first eventne and poetry events

On Saturday, in advance of the launch of Birmingham Amateur Brewers (BAP), a monthly home brew club that will meet at 1000 Trades, we did some brewing in the bar. Check out the videos on the relevant Facebook page to see more of what this entailed.

And, as per the Craig David song, we chilled on Sunday. Well, it was another Jazz Roast day.

The Emma Press have recently launched This Is Not Your Final Form, a collection of poems about Birmingham, featuring poems from the 2017 Verve festival competition.

“The coverIMG_20170223_183243753 image – a hot pink reinvention of the lost King Kong for a public art project conceived by the Jewellery Quarter’s Frilly Industries – testifies to the Brummie passion for rebirth,” writes Richard O’Brien in the introduction.

As we continue to bring new life to a listed building, we share this passion and know that 16 Frederick Street has not reached its final form.

The next step in its evolution comes on Saturday with the next Quartermasters – a market for local artists and crafters, which 1000 Trades will host and on which we work with Frilly Industries, those masters of reinvention.