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Billy Spakemon

Brian Dakin was born in 1952. He left a school at 16 to play pro football for Swindon Town before a career in the flooring trade. Taking up writing and performing in his forties he realised there was an inherent identity connected to voice and lived histories.

He completed a BA Hons and MA in Fine Art as a Social Practice connecting studies to his work as a writer, public speaker and performer investigating, being offered a bursary by Wolverhampton University and The Black Country Society  to examine the Black Country Dialect, being awarded a Doctorate in 2013.

Brian has published several books, CDs, a novel and writes regularly for Connections, The Black Countryman and The Bugle. His alter ego, Billy Spakemon, has also released CDs and he has a live album out in early 2016 - recorded at the Maverick in Stourbridge.

You'll find him on Sundays from 4pm to 6pm, with live performances from The Maverick blasting out of your speakers.


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Events

  • Black Country Amateur Artists Exhibition

    Art exhibition open to artists from across the Black Country.

    at Kingswinford Royal British Legion
  • J-Kai and the Goldmine Band @ Blackheath Library

    A musical evening featuring reggae, ska and rocksteady; taste something different by trying classic jerk chicken or a vegetarian curry.

    at Blackheath Library
  • Stourbridge Navigation Trust - open Weekend

    This year the Trust will be staging the 35th annual Open Weekend down at the Bonded Warehouse. The event which runs from 10 am until 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday will attract around 80 canal boats which will be moored along the historic Stourbridge Canal. There is free admission to the site and there are a number of attractions which include classic vehicles, traction engines, amusements, canal boat trips, fairground organs and a craft fair in the Bonded Warehouse. There will be many refreshment options including a hog-roast, a bar and a variety of craft stalls. Mark your diaries now so that you can attend this wonderful local event with something for all the family. Public parking needs to be found ‘on street’ in nearby locations within easy walking distance of the Bonded Warehouse site.

    at The Bonded Warehouse
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