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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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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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News and opportunities for writers: August

To cut down on lengthy emails, this will now be posted here rather than emailed out to the mailing list every month.   Here’s our monthly round-up of what’s going on in the month of August across the region:   Opportunities: The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017 is open for entries, presenting an opportunity for […]

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