Birmingham: It’s Not Shit – The Book

We all know that Birmingham isn’t shit. We’ve spent nearly 20 years telling people, showing the world, and often undermining our case. Tired of falling back on the same old clichés, or past achievements, we must look at the ineffable reasons why we say ‘Birmingham: it’s not shit’ and attempt to eff it.

Book CoverWe’ve compiled 50 of the biggest things, places, people and feelings that delight us about the second city. There’s a real story here, and we as the founder and major contributors to Birmingham: It’s Not Shit and then hit Birmingham miscellany, website, book, number one country chart single about the bin strike, and stage show Paradise Circus are people to tell it. Jon Bounds, Jon Hickman and Danny Smith will take you down Dale End and up The Ackers — and we’ll get to the global heart of the local something.


Coming in December 2021 – Pre-orders available soon.

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Burn your house to the ground: why you need to kill your darlings to maintain your independence

I’m Howard. I’m part of this here Birmingham miscellany called Paradise Circus – an ongoing love letter to a battered city. Paradise Circus writes, films, photographs, draws, makes and records things about Birmingham. I am, we are, Jon Bounds and Jon Hickman, Craig Hamilton and Danny Smith, and a number of other people who want to contribute to a conversation about what the city is, was, and could be. We weren’t always Paradise Circus and we used to be famous. We could have been contenders, but we threw it all away. You should too. And in this article, originally published on Contributoria (CC licensed), I’m going to tell you why.

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