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Latest edition of the Hands on Handsworth Magazine is out now

Posted on 17th May 2011 by

The latest edition of the hands on Handsworth magazine written by a team of local community journalist is out now

You can down load a copy here

Hands on Handsworth Community Magazine Issue 4

You can also get a copy from Handsworth Library or other outlets accross Handsworth

Make it Happen Thursday 24th March @ Handsworth Library

Posted on 4th March 2011 by

This looks like a really great event at Handsworth Library. On Thursday 24th March 12 until 5 you will be able to watch films on the new vintage movie bus. The event is organised as part of the Flatpack Festival with lots of events happening across the city over that weekend.

For more information see the poster below

Handsworth Poster

What’s Your Story in Handsworth

Posted on 17th October 2010 by

Last Saturday I went along to the what’s My Story workshop at Handsworth Library arranged as part of series of sessions that we have coming up to help encourage local residents to become community Journalists. This first session was kicked off with an inspirational talk by journalist Derek Bishton who along with Brian Homer started a photography magazine Ten 8 whilst living in Handsworth in the 1980’s.

What was interesting is that many of the issues that Derek spoke of that interested them in producing Ten 8 are still here today. They were keen to ensure that people were able to represent themselves this inspired the Self Portrait edition. Local people were able to take a self portrait of themselves against a deliberate white canvas so as not to link the images in any way to preconceived assumptions people may have about Handsworth or the people photographed.

Derek talked of the importance of media as a powerful tool that people can use to represent themselves. Unlike the challenges that Bishton & Homer had back in the 1970s in producing photographic images and a paper magazine  many people now can simple use their mobile phone and digital media to publish images or stories in seconds.

If you’re interested in getting involved there is an opportunity to learn new skills in community journalism, photography and using social media. The sessions will be run by Brian Homer which is a unique chance to learn from one of the funding members of Ten 8 and use this knowledge to help produce the next edition of the Hands on Handsworth Magazine.

There is an opportunity for this magazine to be developed by local people to become a resource and tool to talk about what matters to the local people of Handsworth. If you’re interested call Tracey Thorne on 0121 303 3401 or email

Be Part of the Big Handsworth Conversation

Posted on 11th October 2010 by

This week as part of local democracy week we are inviting as many people as possible to get involved in a Big Handsworth Conversation through blogging and an option to attend two events this week!

I will be blogging all week about Handsworth and the work going on within the neighbourhood and hope that people can get involved. You can get involved in the following ways:

  • by posting a blog here on Hands on Handsworth
  • send an email of a story, event or item you would like posted on the blog to
  • write about Handsworth on another blog or social media site & link to Handsworth on Handsworth e.g.  flickr or you tube
  • attend the Big Blog Conversation on the 14th Oct 7-9pm at Sports Hall, King Edward VI School, Rosehill Rd a social media surgery run by Podnosh and chance to have a go at blogging.

We also have a community journalist workshop on Saturday in Handsworth Library this Saturday 16th October 1-4pm, free food and chance to win a camera. Call Karl on 0121 525 6861 to book a place.

Photographing Handsworth Exhibition

Posted on 1st September 2010 by

The University of Birmingham will be opening an exhibition tomorrow at Handsworth Library, Soho Rd, Handsworth between 6 & 8pm. The exhibition will concide with the passing of 25 years since the Handsworth distrubances,  which have commonly been used to represent the area in a negative light, this showcase how different practitioners from within Handsworth have sought to represent the rich diverse life in the area through photography.

The exhibition opens tomorrow night but will be at Handsworth Library for several weeks for people to view

If you’re interested in attending contact Kieran Connell at or 07815531689