The family of former Birmingham author, Kathleen Dayus, will join Cllr Timothy Huxtable from Birmingham City Council to open a new £300,000 square named after her in the Jewellery Quarter.
A new chapter in the historic story of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter will begin this week with the opening of a new public square dedicated to a local author whose books won critical acclaim for the way they described the social history of the city.
In a project run by Birmingham City Council the newly christened ‘Dayus Square’, at the junction of Carver Street, Legge Street and Albion Street in the Jewellery Quarter, has undergone £300,000 worth of public realm, art, pedestrian and traffic improvements, developed in conjunction with local residents.
The new square has been named after critically acclaimed local author, Kathleen Dayus, who used the nearby George and Dragon public house as a prominent setting throughout her books and grew up close by on Camden Drive.
In honour of this literary and historical heritage the square will feature a specially designed piece of public art comprising a bronze sculpture of pages from a book containing passages about the Jewellery Quarter from Dayus’ work.
David Mahony Chair of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust, said:” Kathleen’s stories are so redolent and help us to understand what thing are, how they …