New Stockist: We Are Birmingham

We Are Birmingham is a venture almost a foolhardy as Dirty Bristow, a shop dedicated to art, craft, cool stuff and community from Birmingham. It’s a beautiful thing and is to be found opposite Saramoons on Dale End in the old Bacons shoe shop (you know, just a little bit up the High Street from Marks and Spencer).

You can of course purchase your Dirty Bristows within.


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Win your weight in booze*! At the Four King Hard Quiz

Saturday 13th November from 8pm ’til Late

At The Old Royal, Corner of Church Street, and Cornwall Street, Birmingham City Centre.

Four King Hard Quiz Sat 13th Nov from 8pm 'til Late

It’s the most difficult pub quiz you’ve even attended — and every penny raised goes towards printing and other costs of this most individual, independent and inspiring of magazines.

It’s a quiz so hard, that you’re allowed to cheat. It’s a test of your logic, your search powers and your network as much as your general knowledge. Bring mobiles, laptops, dongles, encyclopedias, get a phone-a-friend poised… you’ll need them.

There are four rounds, each set and judged by a King, and a blockbuster that would block buster out. Special guest royalty to be announced…

Kings may include:

  • Mark King out of Level 42
  • Martin Luther King
  • The King of Pop

more Kings, and the Four Kings will be previewed.

It’s £5 per person, and you can have any number in a teams up to 6. But the grand prize is the average weight of team members in booze (we choose the booze, it’ll be available to take away), so not only do you want fat lads you want as small a number as possible (fat lasses too, but we didn’t want to mention it).

Buy your ticket now in advance  — £5

You get a paypal receipt, we get your name. It’ll be on the door. Payment on the door is fine, but a ticket guarantees entry.

More details.

*Average weight of team members, pal up with a fat lad, or lads, or lass. We choose the booze.


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Book, Film, Give us a clue

We’re helping out with this event the lovely 7 inch Cinema are putting on next Wednesday: “Footnotes”. Come along and watch, drink and buy a copy if you fancy.

Wednesday, 20th October
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Venue: The Victoria

“It’s a truism that great novels make for mediocre movies, but the rule doesn’t always apply when it comes to poems and short stories. As the Birmingham Book Festival draws to a close this informal evening of film and music will gather a few of the best examples, animated shorts which riff beautifully on the the likes of Bukowski, Albers and Murakami. We’ll also be asking some Book Festival guests to nominate favourite shorts, and guests including Catherine O’Flynn and Jon Bounds will provide ‘live accompaniment’ (ie, talk over) a selection of archive footage from the Media Archive of Central England. Musical interludes come courtesy of the ladies from Sugarfoot Stomp.

This evening is presented in association with Dirty Bristow, a fabulous new compendium of words and pictures produced in Birmingham. Issues will be on sale on the night.”

It’s all part of the Birmingham Book Festival and as such you can even book online.


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Birds without heads, and men with half a face

and hidden fish, hearts and art-deco. The Invisible Architecture tour.


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New Stockists

You can now pick up a copy of Issue One not only via the 1s and 0s of the intertubes, but from a number of city centre outlets:

Nostalgia and Comics: Brum’s long-serving independent comics store, why not pick up a Wonder Woman action figure at the same time? 14-16 Smallbrook Queensway,  B5 4EN

Urban Coffee Company: Probably the best coffee shop in Birmingham, and certainly the most likely to be frequented by The Man From Uncle. 30 Church Street, B3 2NP

and not forgetting that wherever TTV Artist Pete Ashton pitches stall you can beg him to sell you a copy and maybe too a signed print. Where’s Pete? Here including at ArtsFest.

If you know or run a shop or other outlet that will take a few copies (sale or return, even a discount maybe) then please contact us: editorial@dirtybristow.co.uk.


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