Now that We Love You City is up and running (til the 26th May), we’ve turned our attention back to the Decathlon


110m Hurdles: Poet Julie Boden and photographer Joanna Ornowska have been working with residents at Princethorpe Court to consider the hurdles they have faced in life – and their strategies for overcoming them. This project will result in an exhibition of large scale portraits and poems at The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum running from May 26th-June 10th.

High Jump: Earlier this year, Talking Birds, in association with Capital Plays and Writing West Midlands, put out a call for submissions for 5 minute pieces (stories, monologues, plays) which engaged with the high jump, either metaphorically, or literally. The plays or stories needed to be completed – not part-works, or works in progress – but fully realised in, and embracing, the 5 minute form. There’s a list of the selected works here, and they will be presented as a rehearsed reading, hosted by Talking Birds at mac on May 25th as part of the Capital Plays Festival.

For more details on the Decathlon as it unfolds, keep an eye out here.

[We Love You City and Decathlon have both been awarded the Inspire Mark.]