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, took place this autumn with an exciting line up of novelists, poets, food writers, cartoonists, journalists, philosophers and performers.

Audiences were thrilled to hear from journalist and writer Caitlin Moran in conversation with beauty journalist and commentator Sali Hughes, enjoyed 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 kicked off on National Poetry Day on Thursday 4 October, local poets Liz Berry, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane headlined the Birmingham celebration of the day, where the new Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham were announced.

There were events in Martineau Gardens and Cannon Hill Park on nature writing and urban bird-watching, and we also boarded a narrowboat for a special event about canals and waterways which criss-cross the UK.

Performance played 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 was also a chance to explore the darker side of writing with events on Frankenstein, ghost stories and gothic storytelling.

The festival returns 3-13 October 2019.