Author Archive: Liv Chapman

News and Opportunities for Writers: March 2020

News: Eve Connor, one of our Spark Young Writers, is a Foyle Young Poet and has been commended for her poem Man in the Street at the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards.   Events: As part of Birmingham City University‘s xChange Festival, Speaking for Ourselves: Contemporary Women’s Poetry will take place at the […]

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Room at the Top: A Writer’s Week in the Rotunda

We asked Birmingham Poet Laureate, Richard O’Brien, to tell us a bit about his residency in the Rotunda in central Birmingham, which he did in January 2019.   If you spend much time in Birmingham and you’re anything like me, ‘what actually goes on in the Rotunda?’ will undoubtedly be one of your biggest questions […]

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TLC Free Reads

We’re open to submissions for this year’s TLC Free Reads! The deadline for submissions is Monday 2 December 2019, 12 noon.   What is it? Supported by Writing West Midlands, the TLC Free Reads scheme is a free manuscript assessment for writers on a low income and/or who are under-represented in publishing. The TLC Free […]

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New Midlands writers Emma Purshouse & Lynne Voyce chosen for Common People anthology

Seventeen emerging working-class writers from around the country have now been selected for inclusion alongside well-known authors in the crowdfunded anthology helping new voices be heard. In her recent BBC Radio Four documentary, novelist Kit de Waal asked an important question: ‘Where are all the working-class writers?’  The answer is right here. Inspired by a […]

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Room 204 18/19 writers announced

We are delighted to reveal this year’s cohort of Room 204 writers. With over 170 applications, competition was very tough, and we’re very excited by the talent on show from the 15 writers who make up this year’s group. The group will undertake a year-long programme of writer development, and join over 100 writers who have […]

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