Birmingham Book Festival

Celebrating the city's literature scene, the Birmingham Book Festival has a trademark mix of literature events, talks and workshops.


2013 Programme of Events

4-13 October

Reliable Witness

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sundays 11am – 5pm, Pavilions Unit 10, Lower Ground Floor, Free, no booking required

Reliable Witness is the Birmingham Book Festival’s first ever commissioned interactive storytelling experience. Follow the characters on social media, become a spectator or participant in their life together. Meet and see them in the offline world. 

11 October

In Ramallah, Running: Exploring Palestine

6.30 - 7.30pm, Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Birmingham, B1 2HS, free

Ikon hosts the launch of In Ramallah, Running, Guy Mannes-Abbott’s uniquely personal encounter with Palestine which interweaves short, poetic texts with exploratory essays. 

Art and Writing: The City

6.30 – 8.30pm, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, £5
Join us for a compelling evening of live ‘urban’ story-telling with writer-in-residence Andrew Killeen.

Jackie Kay: Reality, Reality

7.30 – 9pm, Birmingham Cathedral, £10 / £6

The wonderful novelist and poet Jackie Kay is also a brilliant writer of short stories. 

12 October

Tindal Street Press: Narrative Voice (quick workshop)

6 – 7pm, Ikon Gallery, £6 / £4

A Taste of the Tindal Street Masterclass Series. 

European Literature Night with Rosie Goldsmith
7.30 – 9pm, Ikon Gallery, £6 / £4

European Literature Night takes you on an epic reading journey across some of the most vivid cultural landscapes in Europe.

13 October

Creative Writing Workshop Day: Develop Your Own Skills
South Birmingham College, All workshops £25 / £30

  • Once Upon A Time In The West Midlands with Liz Berry (writing workshop)
  • These Are a Few of My Favourite Things with Liz Lochhead (writing workshop)
  • Found In Translation with Bohdan Piasecki (writing workshop)
  • Making Each Word Count with Juliet Clare Bell (writing workshop)
  • Writing Non-Fiction with Fiona Joseph (writing workshop)
  • Edit Your Short Fiction Into A Collection with Dragan Todorovic (writing workshop)
  • Sniff & Write with Judith Allnatt (writing workshop)
  • Free The Poem Music Workshop with LiTTLe MACHiNe (writing workshop)
  • Storm In A Teacup with Deborah McAndrew (writing workshop)

Liz Lochhead & Liz Berry with LiTTLe MACHiNe (Closing Party)

7pm – approx 10pm, The Old Library, Bar available, £10 / £6

Appointed Scots Makar – the National Poet for Scotland – in 2011, Liz Lochhead is both transgressive and popular; as Anne Varty wrote, ‘her work is that of one woman speaking to many, and one person speaking for many’. 

Reading with Liz is poet Liz Berry, born in the Black Country and now living in London where she works as an infant school teacher. 

After their reading Liz and Liz will join us in welcoming the band LiTTLe MACHiNe who will play out the Festival with some well known poems set to music – including some of Lochhead’s own.

For more information visit the Birmingham Book Festival website


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