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Cryptic crossword for commuters

Artist Alec Finlay has been commissioned by The Public to create a cryptic crossword for metro commuters travelling from Birmingham Snow Hill and Wolverhampton St Georges, to coincide with this year’s ArtsFest.


Alec Finlay's project forms part of this year's ArtsFest, and links poetry, journeys and a sense of place. The clues on the crossword relate to the journey the tram makes every day.

Alec has worked with local historians to collect words and clues relevant to the area and has produced the crossword with Sandy Balfour, one of The Guardian’s crossword setters.

Waiting for the metro
Waiting for the metro

Alec said: “Working with Sandy, and with the help of local historians, I have collected words for each tram stop on the Wolverhampton to Birmingham route, and threaded them together into a crossword.

"I look forward to people enjoying the crossword on their journey and welcome crossword and poetry fans to my performance at Birmingham Cathedral.”

Turing Toward Living

In addition to producing the crossword he’ll be sharing his poems and proverbs for contemporary life in a performance called  ‘Turning Toward Living’ at Birmingham Cathedral on Colmore Row, on Saturday 10th September at 1pm.

Meet Alec Finaly

Alec will also be talking about his work at the BBC Open Centre, the Mailbox, at 2.30pm, also on 10th September.

The Platforms series

Crossword (Snow Hill - St George’s) was commissioned by The Public as part of the Platforms series of art projects along the metro route.

The project has been funded by Urban Fusion, a Birmingham-based international programme of arts, culture, creativity and one-off events.

Get your copy

Crossword (Snow Hill - St George’s) is available from 9th September – on the Birmingham to Wolverhampton Metro route. You can visit The Public website for more details.

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