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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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TLC Free Reads

We’re open to submissions for this year’s TLC Free Reads! The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018, 5pm.   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 Reads Scheme offers talented, […]

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Young Presenters at Birmingham Literature Festival

  Birmingham Literature Festival is pleased to offer a small group of young people aged 15 to 19 the opportunity to find out how a literature festival works. You’ll get hands-on experience of running the festival, preparing an event, looking after an author, presenting to an audience, and being part of a team working together […]

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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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Who are Birmingham’s most inspirational women? We are inviting nominations for a new book featuring Birmingham women, marking the #Vote100 centenary. The book, commissioned by Birmingham City Council, will feature women past and present who have shaped the city, and will launch at October’s Birmingham Literature Festival. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our […]

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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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