Author Dame Margaret Drabble has launched Black Country Women in West Bromwich last week.
The magazine was commissioned and produced by Multistory with, for and about Black Country women, with stories by Margaret Drabble and photographs by Martin Parr.
In 2012, Multistory invited Dame Margaret Drabble to visit the Black Country to collaborate with Multistory as part of their Black Country Stories programme
Margaret was commissioned to write about the lives of women living and working in the Black Country.
She visited Susan’s Hairdressers on the High Street in West Bromwich; Teddy Gray’s sweet factory in Dudley; The Crossroads Café in Willenhall; Pat Gorman’s pork pie factory; and talked to many other local women.
Margaret was supported by local writer and performance poet, Emma Purshouse.
Margaret then wrote three short stories: That Lucky Dress, Hot Pork Sandwich and Going Home.
“Working on Black Country Women was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my writing life,” said Margaret.
“It was a fine opportunity and excuse to meet and chat with all sorts of different people; a dream project, for me.”