Get John Wyndham on the Birmingham Walk of Stars

I’m a huge fan of John Wyndham.

Born in Knowle, Warwickshire, he spent most of his childhood in Edgbaston.

The Birmingham Civic Society website says that he doesn’t have a blue plaque in the city to celebrate his connection to the city, which is pitiful.

There is already a short, stubby cul-de-sac named Wyndham Road in Birmingham. I know this because I’ve taken a photo of it at 4am as part of the 4am Project.

You’ve probably been scared by Wyndham at some point in your life. Either through his novels (The Kraken Wake, Day of the Triffids, The Chrysalids, The trouble with lichen) or those that have been adapted into films (Day of the triffids, Village of the Damned [both versions] and Quest for Love) or into TV series (Day of the Triffids, Choky, Random Quest and Consider her ways).

This isn’t a fitting tribute to a novelist as great as Wyndham. Arthur Conan Doyle gets a blue plaque, WH Auden has one too.

I’d like to see Wyndham get a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars on Broad Street. So far the walk of fame has celebrated four football related stars (either for teams or individuals), three musicians, two comedians and a radio soap opera, a sports commentator, a radio actor and Julie Walters. All deserving in their ways but I’d like your help to get a well deserving novelist onto the walk of stars.

Here’s what you need to do:

1) Go to the Walk of Stars home page

2) Put John Wyndham in the “name of star” field

3) The pop your name and your email address (a fake email won’t help the campaign).

4) Click submit.

5) Bask in the knowledge that you’re helping get John Wyndham on the list of stars to be voted on. If enough people (informally it sounds like 200) support this campaign we’ll see his name appear on the voting list.

Thanks for your help with this.

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6 Responses to Get John Wyndham on the Birmingham Walk of Stars

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  2. Ned Brooks says:

    I don’t know how these star plaques are formatted – the real name of “John Wyndham” was –
    John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris
    so there might not be room. He also wrote SF under other bits of his real name, including both halves of a collaboration.

  3. Paul says:

    Mission accomplished.

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  6. Sarah Lambert says:

    The Walk of Stars is a joke and an embarassment to Birmingham. Jasper Carrott, the Archers and Tiswas for heaven’s sake? Where is JRR Tolkein? Where is John Wyndham? Where is typographer John Baskerville?* W.H Auden and Edward Burne-Jones? This walk panders to the metropolitan prejudice that Birmingham is a crass and lumpen culture-free zone. I bet you most of our esteemed leaders haven’t even heard of most of the people I mention.
    *(OK so he has his own memorial, but this is about the Walk of Stars)

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