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Book Launch: The Dereliction by Liz Berry and Tom Hicks

October 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Dereliction Cover

This is the launch event for The Dereliction, a new book by Liz Berry and Tom Hicks.

The Dereliction is a love letter to the Black Country. Liz Berry’s poems have been praised for their use of the vernacular, the twang of West Midlands dialect. Her poems are matched with Tom Hicks’s stunning photographs, part of his ongoing documentary photography project Black Country Type, depicting colours and textures of the post-industrial landscape. Together, their vision is a celebration of place which is as vital and lyrical as Wordsworth’s celebration of the Lakes.

Liz and Tom will be reading from the book and speaking about their collaboration. This event is co-sponsored by Hercules EditionsBlack Country Living Museum, the Black Country Studies Centre, the University of Wolverhampton and the Birmingham Literature Festival.

Time: 6:30 to 9:30pm (readings at 7pm)


Liz Berry‘s first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto, 2014), a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (The Guardian) received a Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Liz’s pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018. The Dereliction, a chapbook of her collaboration with Black Country artist Tom Hicks, will be published by Hercules Editions this October. Liz is a patron of Writing West Midlands.

Liz Berry

Tom Hicks is the artist behind the documentary photography project Black Country Type. His work explores the post-industrial landscape of the region, focusing on words, typography, handmade lettering and signs. He also photographs ‘types’ of architectural features, objects and the post-industrial landscape of the area. Influenced by psychogeography, his photographs are taken on regular ‘drifts’ through the Black Country, typically by bicycle. His work has been published and exhibited widely, most recently in the photobook I.D.S.T (The Modernist, 2020) and a solo exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2020).

Tom Hicks

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October 2, 2021
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Black Country Studies Centre
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Black Country Living Museum
Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road
Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ United Kingdom
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