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New square named after Birmingham author Kathleen Dayus

Bronze sculpture
Image caption Kathleen Dayus was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Birmingham

A new public square dedicated to a Birmingham author has been opened in the city.

Dayus Square in the Jewellery Quarter has been named after the late Kathleen Dayus who was born in Hockley in 1903.

Her works include novels about her experiences growing up in the city's back-to-back houses.

Birmingham City Council said her books won critical acclaim for the way they described the social history of the city.

It said the author grew up near the newly-named square, which is at the junction of Carver Street, Legge Street and Albion Street.

The square includes a bronze sculpture of book pages containing passages about the Jewellery Quarter from Kathleen Dayus' work.

The author, who died shortly before her 100th birthday in 2003, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Birmingham in 1992.

David Mahony, chair of the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust, said they hoped to link the places Kathleen Dayus described into a walk and "this square is just the start".

Councillor Timothy Huxtable, Birmingham City Council cabinet member for transport, environment and regeneration, said the project would "further enhance and celebrate the cultural heritage which makes the Jewellery Quarter such a unique and renowned attraction".

Her books include The Ghosts of Yesteryear and The Girl from Hockley.

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