Photographers capture the beauty of Sutton Park for the Shakespeare contest

Keith Wright’s picture

FOLIO festival organizers received 230 entries for its photography competition, This Green Plot Shall Be Our Stage.

Sutton Park’s photographic celebration was inspired by the claim that Shakespeare was thinking of Gum Slade when imagining the magical forest in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In the adult category, Keith Wright won with images taken from Streetly Wood and Holly Hurst.

Chloe Simmons’ photo

In the youth category, Chloe Simmons won for her striking photo of a much-loved Sutton Park landmark, the Witches’ Tree.

Denise Taylor, George Hughes, Steve West and Lou Jackson were named finalists. in a tight competition, with many exceptional images.

Both winners will receive a large art print of their winning artwork, and all winners and runners-up will receive an exclusive postcard pack featuring all six photos.

The competition was judged by photographers Jaskirt Boora and Najm Clayton, and Sutton Park ranger Matthew Osland Barker.

The judges said, “It was a wonderful privilege to be asked to pass judgment on the many wonderful artistic moments captured by photographers in both categories.

“Choosing the winners and runners-up was not easy as all of the images presented to us had captured something special about the beautiful landscape that lies at the heart of the city. Many thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!”

The park photographed by Steve West

Sutton Coldfield Library will present an original first collection of Shakespeare’s words, better known as the First Folio, on the Bard’s birthday this weekend.

The 399-year-old precious rarity is so special and fragile that it can only be exposed to light for three hours at a time.

Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. this Saturday – Shakespeare’s birthday – the works will be exhibited and all are invited to see them.

The Folio will be opened on the page where Sutton Coldfield himself is mentioned by Falstaff, in Henry IV part 1.

To guarantee viewing the Folio, booking is essential, via

The Folio will be exhibited in Sutton thanks to a collaboration between FOLIO Sutton Coldfield and the Everything to Everybody project. – an ambitious celebration of one of the UK’s most important cultural assets.

Also on Saturday there will also be free exhibitions and performances of dance and music from the era of Shakespeare, Gloriana and Passamezzo, puppets and storytelling from Kit’s Creature Lab. And there will be amazing street performances of Shakespeare Undone by the Natural Theater Company.

It’s all free, though booking is also essential for Shakespeare Undone. See


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