In March 2012, artist Chris Poolman and creative writer Mark Ellis undertook the Turning Point West Midlands Road Trip commission.
Here are their selected journeys through the region modelled on three great American literary journeys, producing a website and a collection of short stories and other writings. The great American stories channelled through their West Midlands’ journeys included The Grapes of Wrath, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Mississippi Solo.
You can visit their Road Trip West Midlands website here.
Chris Poolman has produced a 'choose your own adventure' narrative website:
As a great adventurer and pioneer of West Midlands Travel Literature, you are often forced to make many decisions. Most decisions are life and death situations. The website will test your decision making skills. You and you alone are responsible for your fate.
To view the work, click HERE
To read an introduction to Mark Ellis' work on this project, click HERE. His stories will be released in an e-book in September and you can sign up here to receive one. The first 10 people to collect the titles of the pieces and email them to Mark will receive a handmade copy of the collection. In the meantime, those of you with Android mobile phones can access an essay and story through this QR code:
This does not mean that the quest for the West Midlands Dream is over, nor does it spell the end for the Road Trip. Plans are afoot to develop the project further. We will keep you updated on their progress.
Many thanks to the artist, writer, and our partner Writing West Midlands.