16th March 2016 | Birmingham
Craft & Graft part 1 in Birmingham

Wow, what a brilliant Glug Birmingham we had on Thursday!

We just want to say a massive thank you from us all here at WE ARE GOODNESS and Inkygoodness for supporting Glug. It was incredible to see a 300+ strong community stepping out to attend the event and we’re so excited about the future of Glug Birmingham.


Huge thanks goes to Rainbow Venues and their team on the ground for helping the night run smoothly. We were blown away by our speakers who gave fantastic talks around the theme of ‘Craft & Graft,’ sharing their stories and insights around start-ups, crowdfunding and the up’s & downs of creative business.

We were delighted to be joined by Joe Rogers (Colourbox), Rope press, illustrators Lucy Sherston and Adam Corns and the super talented Aidan Saunders who drove his colourful Print Wagon all the way up to the Midlands for the occasion and local artist Kris Jones (Brothers of the Stripe) for creating a special live art piece on the night.


Digbeth Dining Club organised two fantastic street food traders in the shape of Cafe Horchatas and Street Souvlaki, who served up mouth watering Mexican tacos and Greek kebabs, drink sponsors Sailor Jerry got the evening off with a bang thanks to their generous supply of rum which kept Gluggers merry throughout the night! Attendees were also treated to complimentary paper samples from G.F Smith.


First to take the stage was Dan Cooper, co-founder of Birmingham digital studio adaptable, who spoke candidly about setting up a business from scratch straight out of university. From early rejection for a funding application to winning a coveted design brief for Retail Birmingham, Dan credited the importance of loving what you do, supporting your team and trying new things as keys to success.


French illustrator Marylou Faure was next up, sharing her journey into the world of freelance illustration, offering a rundown of her personal ‘Yays and Fuck-ups’ along the way. Marylou inspired the audience with her honest take on internships, finding a style and sticking to your guns.

After a brief break the audience resumed their places for the 3rd talk of the night – Alec Dudson, founder and editor of Intern, who shared his story of setting up a bi-annual independent print publication “for and by the creative youth”, following a stint interning at Boat Magazine in Milan, to crowdfunding their first print edition on Kickstarter.


The evening ended on a high, with an appearance by Mr Bingo who took to the stage to talk briefly about his early career, and his notorious Hate Mail project which involved sending thousands of abusive postcards to random strangers. He then launched a Kickstarter to crowd fund a self-published book, making a brilliant rap video for the campaign “spitting profanities through the grimey streets and back-alleys of East London”.An exclusive book signing of the newly released ‘Hate Mail: The Definitive Collection’ with Mr Bingo rounded up a truly enjoyable and entertaining evening, as Gluggers stuck around for drinks and music into the early hours.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our speakers, sponsors and everyone who joined us at Glug last week. We’re now full steam ahead on plans for our Summer event – and you’ll be pleased to know Early Bird tickets have just been released! Glug Birmingham #5 ‘Craft & Graft’ Pt.2 returns to Spotlight on Thursday 30th June with confirmed speakers Supermundane and Emily Forgot.

See you in June!
Glug Birmingham




Copyright Glug Events 2016. Photography by Jack Spicer Adams.

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