Here’s the update on this year’s Sarehole Mill weekend! Sorry for the short notice, everyone…
Monsters At Mill!
a.k.a. Middle Earth Weekend
17th and 18th May 2008
Sarehole Mill and Recreation Ground, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, Birmingham
A photo of Sarehole Mill (Tolkien Weekend 2001)This year’s weekend focuses on ‘Myths and Monsters’ as we mix Tolkien’s local connections with his work on Beowulf and one of his earliest essays in story writing, which featured ‘a great green dragon’.
The name change is aimed at broadening the scope of the event as some of the 10,000 visitors the event has attracted in the past had thought it was going to be very academic. While it’s true the weekend is a celebration of Professor Tolkien’s local connection it is also about celebrating the local environment and the history of the area around Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog.
And celebrations generally involve a great deal of fun ‘ this weekend certainly will!
The Tolkien Society, Birmingham Museums and Birmingham & Hall Green Libraries will have displays in the Mill itself, Shire Productions will be performing extracts from Beowulf in Moseley Bog, with puppets and live performers (but sadly without the assistance of Ms Jolie or Mr Winstone). Dragons will patrol the field and very likely also be found as targets for the Bowmen of Swanshurst (for those who wish to emulate Bard’s defeat of Smaug and ‘have a go with a bow’).
There will also be a falconry display, and displays, rope and food historians, demonstrations readings and fine things to buy from:
- Moseley Farmer’s Market
- Games UK
- Hall Green Poets
- Bat Society
- Birmingham Weavers Society
- Border’s Bookstore
- Mosley Bog and Burberry Brickworks’ History Society
- Perrot’s Folly Trust
- Highfield Hall Play Workers
- Hall Green Residents Association
- West Midland Buses.
Plus in the Mill caf’ there is an exhibition of (author of The Roots of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth) Bob Blackham’s Postcards from The Shire.