Women Matter

Today is dedicated to women all around the world of all ethnicities and of all backgrounds. Today we thank all those women that have fought and keep fighting for equal rights. Today, we also remind ourselves that the majority of people living in poverty are women. That women tend to have fewer resources and opportunities and that women have fewer rights.

Violence against women is still a global crisis, as more than a billion women worldwide will experience a form of violence in their lifetime. Women’s rights to own land are also under attack. Despite the fact that women are usually responsible for taking care of their families, they are often denied access to land and potential incomes. Women are also underrepresented in decision-making positions. Indeed, in 2016 only 22% of all national parliamentarians were female. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are still under attack. Women often lack safe and legal access to abortion, this is also accompanied by a lack family planning services.

So let’s take a moment today to think about all that has been accomplished and what more must be done to ensure equality and prosperity for all.

As Malala Yousafzai said: “we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back”





Oxfam Stomp Raises £1900

The 2016 Oxfam Stomp blew the roof off The Kings Heath Cricket & Sports Club to raise funds for Oxfam. January’s concert donations raised over £1900!

A traditional jazz event, Oxfam Stomp features four different bands who donate their time. A jam session runs concurrently so musicians and jazz singers can collaborate.

The bands included George Huxley’s All Stars, Jazz Salon Rouge, New Georgia Jazz Band, and The Sopranos. The organizers included Mr. Jim Denham and Mr. Terry McGrath, along with the wonderful Polly.

Shop Manager Ladi Dell’aira said, “Together we can end poverty for good. Bringing our community together to enjoy the rich musical life of Kings Heath is just one way to do that.”

This year’s donation went to Oxfam’s general fund, allowing the flexibility to use the donation wherever it is most needed. From women’s rights to water, earthquakes to education, Oxfam does life-changing, ground-breaking work in all sorts of areas.


Anita Volunteer Spotlight1

When did you start volunteering at Oxfam Birmingham?
I started volunteering at Oxfam just over a year ago.

Why did you start volunteering at Oxfam?
I began volunteering because I have always supported the work Oxfam does, and I have worked in bookshops for most of my life. I was also fed up and lonely, having been widowed and moving to a new house and was looking for something to do.

What’s your favourite book?
My favourite book is ‘Meetings with Remarkable Trees’ by Thomas Pakenham.

Anita, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am half Sicilian with a lovely family: two much younger brothers, two glamourous sister-in-law and a hunky nephew and gorgeous niece. I love travelling and can usually be found bombing around art galleries, museums and very old houses. I also volunteer at Selly Manor and Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens.


Volunteer Spotlight

Alison Volunteer SpotlightAlison

Alison recently became the Shop Manager at our Acocks Green branch! Just goes to show the job skills and opportunities here at Oxfam!

When did you start volunteering at Oxfam Birmingham?
I started volunteering at Oxfam in September this year after coming into the shop and having a chat with Ladi, the manager.

Why did you start volunteering at Oxfam?
I wanted to build up skills after a long period of unemployment for health reasons and felt volunteering would be a great, mutually-beneficial way to do so. When I spotted the shop I knew it was ideal for me as both a charity I believe in and a bookstore, which suits a bookworm like me down to the ground.

What’s your favourite book?
A couple of my all-time favourites are Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” and Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, which I collect different editions of. More recently I fell in love with “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak but I have varied tastes and like to try new genres.

Alison, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Lincolnshire with my parents and two older sisters. I moved down to Birmingham in 2002 after finishing my GCSEs to live with my now-husband, Chris. I love to read and frequently worry that I may one day be buried under a pile of my unread books. I have recently signed up to study English Language and Literature via the Open University next year to eventually gain a BA Honours degree. I’m impatient to get started!

Julian May

Books in stock as of 17 November 2015

The Galactic Milieu Series

  • Jack the Bodiless
  • Intervention
  • Magnificat


  • Black Trillium
  • Blood Trillium Sky Trillium

The Rampart Worlds

  • Perseus Spur
  • Sagittarius Whorl

Saga of Pliocene Exile

  • The Many Coloured Land
  • Golden Torc
  • The Non Born King
  • The Adversary

Conquerors Moon