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The Poems of John Houghton
John Houghton has Three books of Poetry available to purchase at £3 per book, this includes postage and packing to UK Mainland.
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The Summer Lane Kid
The Summer Lane Kid knows all about the Lane and all the words of that noted refrain. As a young kid he roamed all around And these are the stories that he found His mom and dad Brummies with out compare.
Stories in Verse
by Brian Harding
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The Summer Lane Kid
He did as he was told "backchat" he would not dare. Times where very hard living in a back to back One of his jobs was riddling the coal from the slack. Across the yard the outside loo shared by all It was somewhat of a hardship when he was small No lock on the door legs so small to keep it shut. Old newspapers hanging on a nail nicely cut Errands were run to make a few pennies for is mum. Some days were happy and some days were glum. But the Summer Lane Kid was never down to long because his upbringing had made him strong.
Brumroamin by Ted Rudge £11.95
Gypsies have been an integral part of Birmingham and Midland life for centuries. However, their history has remained largely invisible. Ted Rudge has been privileged to gain the trust and confidence of this community, which has enabled him to tell this story in their own words. This book, lavishly illustrated with photographs, historical source material and personal mementos, brings Romany gypsy and traveller culture to life.
Available from Birmingham libraries and bookshops or by mail order (post and package free) from Marje Westley, Bookings and Sales, Birmingham Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ. Tel; 0121 303 2868
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A Book of Poetry by Bob Houghton
John Cox 502 Yardley Green Road, Yardley, Birmingham, B33 8TF
My Life In Brum
You could say I were a
Born near to Summer Lane
But it was to Great Russell Street
That I finally came
It was St George's C of E
Who tried to educate my brain
And the headmaster, Mr.Cutland
With his great big willow cane.
The book is 82 verses long and can be ordered directly from:
15 Moyle Drive
West Midlands, B63 2XR
Price inc. p&p £2.50p Cheques payable to
A look back at Birmingham's Pubs, it features 380 photos of Mitchells & Butlers (and Atkinsons) pubs all over Birmingham, from the early 1900s to the 1970s. It is A4 size and 140 pages and contains informative captions which give details of opening and closure dates, architectural details where known from property index cards from the M & B archive that myself and my colleague David Hassall have bought. Good value at £11.90 plus £3.10 for postage and packing if required. It features a fascinating foreword by the one and only Carl Chin who as you know has a special interest in both pubs and your area of Aston! Amongst the pubs featured are views of the Bartons Arms, (probably the best surviving old pub still intact), the Britannia and King Edward VII on Lichfield Road, and long gone old pubs such as the New Peacock, Mazeppa, White Horse and the Star.
Inspirational Verse by Reg Horton
A Mothers Gift
I walked bare footed across the
As morning mist rose from the ground
Exposing the long green grass and flowers
Hidden from view by the midnight hours
The song of the birds greeted the
Heralded the coming of the new dawn
Flowers in profusion lay everywhere
Petals opened to greet the morning air
Spider's webs covered with droplets
Shone like diamonds as the sun shone through
Silence and beauty abounded everywhere
I danced and twirled without a care