Birmingham Literature Festival

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Birmingham Literature Festival: 3-13 October 2019

in venues across Birmingham including Birmingham REP and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Literature Festival, a project of Writing West Midlands, takes place this autumn with an exciting line up of novelists, poets, journalists, philosophers and performers.

The ten-day festival, which runs from the 3-13 October, presents a line up of writers, artists and commentators including new UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, actor and writer Toby Jones, former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, novelist Fatima Bhutto and former junior doctor and writer Adam Kay.

Audiences can look forward to a discussion from fearless Birmingham Yardley Labour MP Jess Phillips, speaking out on injustices and successfully fighting back with her latest book Truth to Power. A thought-provoking and honest discussion on sexuality, desire, intersectional identity and the LGBTQ+ culture with Amelia Abraham, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Michael Amherst; and join acclaimed writer Fatima Bhutto as she shares her explorations into new global pop cultures – Bollywood, Turkish soap operas and South Korean pop music.

The festival will once again kick off on National Poetry Day on Thursday 3 October, and outgoing UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will headline the celebration with an evening of performance and poetry. She will be joined by Keith Hutson, Mark Pajak and her daughter Ella Duffy.

Delve into Birmingham’s Victorian history with novelist Carolyn Kirby, who will be taking audiences on a historical canal walk and visiting locations from her latest novel The Conviction of Cora Burns – the only Victorian novel to be set in Birmingham. And for something more contemporary, local writer Anna Lawrence will lead you on a unique postcard tour of the Latvian city of Riga, right here in Birmingham city centre as part of a new British Council commission

With 56 events, this year’s festival is packed with performances by a wide range of writers, artists, comedians and speakers. With events about sex, politics, grief, real-life parenting, the Windrush scandal, activism, mental health, masculinity, money and psychology (to name a few!) you’re sure to find something to intrigue and excite you. There will even be a chance to explore the darker side of writing with events on the occult, gothic tales and the supernatural.

The Birmingham Literature Festival runs 3-13 October 2019.