Birmingham Literature Festival
Birmingham Literature Festival: 4-14 October
in venues across Birmingham including Birmingham REP and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham Literature Festival, a project of Writing West Midlands, returns to the city this autumn with an exciting line up of novelists, poets, food writers, cartoonists, journalists, philosophers and performers.
Audiences can look forward to journalist and writer Caitlin Moran in conversation with beauty journalist and commentator Sali Hughes, a live broadcast of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? with Jonathan Dimbleby, an exclusive preview of novelist Jonathan Coe’s new book, Middle England, and cook and writer Nigel Slater chatting to fellow chef Ravinder Bhogal.
As the festival kicks off on National Poetry Day on Thursday 4 October, local poets Liz Berry, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane headline the Birmingham celebration of the day, where the new Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham will also be announced.
There will be events in Martineau Gardens and Cannon Hill Park on nature writing and urban bird-watching, and you can also board a narrowboat for a special event about canals and waterways which criss-cross the UK.
Performance plays a huge part in this year’s festival, with events which fuse theatre, storytelling and literature, and combine poetry, music and even cooking live on stage. There will also be a chance to explore the darker side of writing with events on Frankenstein, ghost stories and gothic storytelling.
With over 40 events taking place, including many writing workshops, the city of Birmingham will be buzzing with words this October.