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This book will help you understand the unique and ancient Black Country dialect and have you talking like a native in no time. The book includes a dictionary to help you develop an altogether new vocabulary, plus a wonderful collection of tales and anecdotes, all chosen to illustrate different aspects of the delightful local dialect.
To this day, I continue to discover more about the Black Country’s rich heritage of language and stories, despite being born in the region in the early sixties and living here ever since.
Perhaps this is what has inspired my fascination for the oral traditions of the language and anecdotes of my home region. It’s probably also why, after a hands-on education as a factory electrician, I now ‘work with words’ as a freelance writer, songwriter and performance poet.
As I hope you’ll discover within these pages, the dialect of the Black Country is as steeped in history as its landscape and as packed full of character as its people. The stories I share in this book reveal just how much the places and the people of the Black Country have been through - from boom to bust to, hopefully, reinvention. Now that its canal networks and industrial archaeology are fast becoming popular tourist attractions, it looks like the richness of the Black Country is being discovered afresh.
I hope that you too will enjoy discovering the Black Country through its fascinating dialect. Make yourself ‘at wum’!
About the Author
Brendan Hawthorne is a well-known Black Country author, spoken word artist and local historian. He has written a number of titles for Bradwell Books including Black Country Dialect, Birmingham and Black Country Ghost Stories, Warwickshire Dialect and Walks for all Ages in the Black Country.
Released: April 2013
Size: 180 x 110mm
Author: Brendan Hawthorne