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Coronavirus: suspension of all events till May

In line with the Government and Public Health England’s advice of Monday 16 March, we are suspending all public activity due to take place in March and April. This includes: All Spark Young Writers’ groups meeting across the region Short courses and writing workshops for adult writers Room 204 writer in development gatherings Everyone with […]

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News and Opportunities for Writers: March 2020

News: Eve Connor, one of our Spark Young Writers, is a Foyle Young Poet and has been commended for her poem Man in the Street at the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards.   Events: In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, many authors, readers and booksellers have had to think outside the box in […]

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Read On Young Presenters

Young Presenters Have you ever fancied interviewing your favourite author? Or wondered what happens behind the scenes at a literature event? Here’s your chance to find out! We will train you up and let you loose on a day of Birmingham Literature Festival events. With expert training you will soon be ready to introduce events, […]

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Read On Fan Fiction

Fan Fiction The subject of this year’s Fan Fiction Lab is The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Define Fan Fiction: Fan Fiction is where you take elements from an existing story and write a new story. So you might take existing characters and put them in a whole new world. Or you might invent […]

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Room at the Top: A Writer’s Week in the Rotunda

We asked Birmingham Poet Laureate, Richard O’Brien, to tell us a bit about his residency in the Rotunda in central Birmingham, which he did in January 2019.   If you spend much time in Birmingham and you’re anything like me, ‘what actually goes on in the Rotunda?’ will undoubtedly be one of your biggest questions […]

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