Talking Brummie: The Vernon Manuscript

Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops
Friday 25th October 2013 (19:00-20:00)
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Have you ever wondered why Brummies speak the way we do? This event will give you some idea of the history of our accent.

The Vernon Manuscript is a unique lavishly decorated and illustrated book of religious poems and stories written in the dialect of the West Midlands. Produced around 1400AD, this treasure-hoard of English literature is an important piece of Midlands history.

Black Country poet Brendan Hawthorne will read aloud from the text. Lead academic on the project Wendy Scase will describe the findings of her research on the manuscript volume and the epic challenge of digitising it.