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Sustaining the Momentum

Monday, 21 October 2019

Dear Supporters,

I thought that you would welcome an update on progress with ‘Our City’ since I  wrote to you in May.


The book has continued to get good press coverage.

It was one of four books that formed a double-page spread in The Observer. “From refugee camps to the ‘hostile environment’, these personal narratives and histories from Dina Nayeri, Jon Bloomfield and others are indispensable…

Off To A Flying Start

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Dear Friends,

‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham.’

I hope many of you have enjoyed reading ‘Our City’. The reactions I have had up till now have been very positive. I have already held ten meetings on the book with sixty at a great launch at Birmingham’s Impact Hub and seventy at a regional Labour Party meeting in West Bromwich as well as well-attended meetings in Liverpool…

It's in the shops next week.

Monday, 25 February 2019



‘Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham.’

I hope many of you have had the chance at least to begin reading ‘Our City’ and that you feel the ‘advance purchase’ was worthwhile.  I have had some really positive and heartfelt reactions from many quarters.

The book hits the shops and bookstands on 7th March. Anything you can do to promote it, especially via social…

Xmas News

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Friends and Pledgers,

I have some good pre-Xmas news to communicate.  All the copy and proof reading, indexing and art work for 'Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham' has been completed and it has gone off to the printers. The book will be officially published on 7th March 2019 and you should get your copy at least one month beforehand. I hope that you'll enjoy it.

The arguments…

Update 3. March 2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Fifty years ago next month Enoch Powell, shadow Conservative defence minister, delivered an unprecedented speech by a mainstream politician at Birmingham’s Burlington Hotel. His speech stoked ancient hatreds and fanned the flames of racism across the country. In dire tones he warned of the dangers of Britain being overrun by immigrants ‘like a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre…

Supporters Update. No.2.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

After the Xmas and New Year holiday there has been a real pick-up in momentum around the book.  We’ve now got over 150 supporters who have pledged financial backing. There are a core of people from Birmingham but the interest has gone much wider in recognition that how cities address the realities of migration is a global issue. Pledges have come from across the UK; there is significant interest from…

Update 1.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

On Christmas Eve I was with Jane, Jenny and my sister going out for a walk along Birmingham’s tiny River Rea. Heading for Cannon Hill Park, I bumped into Sam who I hadn’t seen for more than ten years. He was out cycling with his wife and two teenage children. He greeted me by saying, “Ah, it’s Jon Bloomfield. You’ve just written a book about migration. It’s all over Twitter and Facebook.”  So, many…

Publication date: March 2019
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