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News and Opportunities for Writers: December 2018 & January 2019

News: Birmingham-based independent publisher Emma Press are in November publishing Second Place Rosette: Poems about Britain. This anthology is co-edited by Richard O’Brien, recently announced as Birmingham’s Poet Laureate. Order your copy here. Mslexia have released the 2nd edition of their Indie Press Guide, a comprehensive catalogue of independent presses operating in the UK and ROI. […]

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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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Room 204: From Our Own Alumni

As we recruit the new group of Room 204 writers-in-development with our open call for submissions, we asked some of our previous Room 204 writers to tell us a little bit about what they gained from being part of the scheme. Don’t forget the deadline for submissions for this year’s scheme is 28 February! We’ll […]

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Birmingham Literature Festival announces journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera as Guest Curator

The award-winning journalist and author of The Boy with the Topknot will take on the role of Guest Curator for the 2018 Birmingham Literature Festival (4-14 October). Birmingham Literature Festival, which celebrated its 20th year in 2017, has today announced that journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera will join the team as Guest Curator. Sathnam, who […]

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Room 204: End of 2017 Good News

We recently put a call out to our Room 204 cohort, asking them to offer up some good news they have received over the past couple of months. They’re a ferociously modest bunch, but – after a bit of nudging – we were completely taken aback by their recent successes. They’ve got boxes of prize wins. […]

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University of Birmingham confirms 3 years of support for National Writers’ Conference

University of Birmingham confirms 3 years of support for National Writers’ Conference The University of Birmingham has confirmed it will continue its support for the annual National Writers’ Conference, run by Writing West Midlands. Previously The Writers’ Toolkit, The National Writers’ Conference is the annual focus for writers in the Midlands and beyond, attracting over […]

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Short Courses: Winter 2017 / Spring 2018

With small groups of 18 max, and 10 hours of teaching split into weekly 2-hour classes, our short courses are the ideal way to hone your existing skills or stretch yourself with a new genre. Run at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, our short courses are easily accessible from any of the major public transport hubs […]

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News from Room 204

Our Room 204 writers have been busy over the last few months, with a flurry of good news just recently. Here’s the latest: Romalyn Ante’s debut poetry collection, Rice & Rain, is out from V. Press in August 2017. Jane Commane says that the poems in Rice & Rain are “…poised and balanced perfectly, alive with their own irresistible […]

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