Birmingham Literature Festival

For its 20th year, Birmingham Literature Festival welcomes Jess Phillips MP, bestselling novelist Lionel Shriver, poet Inua Ellams, as well as pop-up events and workshops across the city.

The Birmingham Literature Festival celebrates its 20th year in 2017, and has revealed its full programme for its first ever Spring Edition, to complement the annual October festival.

Tickets for all events are now on sale here, as well as through The BOX.

Jess Phillips MP, fast becoming one the UK’s most outspoken and engaging members of Parliament, will talk about her book Everywoman, her guide to talking truth to power, just as she has her entire career.

Lionel Shriver, bestselling author of numerous novels including We Need to Talk About Kevin, will present her new novel The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, which imagines the USA’s economic and social collapse.

Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams will be on stage with his Evening with an Immigrant show, with surprising and amusing stories from his life growing up in Nigeria and taking refuge in the UK after civil war breaks out.


Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands and festival programmer, said:

I’m thrilled to present the Spring Edition of the Birmingham Literature Festival. It’s a significant year for us, celebrating twenty years of sharing great writing with this great city.
But this year feels significant in other ways too. Making literature - and reading it - feels more important than ever. To be able to imagine someone else’s life gives us the possibility of understanding it better.

As well as hosting bestselling writers and household names, Birmingham Literature Festival has built a reputation for showcasing an exciting, eclectic mix of speakers from all backgrounds and literary genres, both established and emerging.
Nature writer and Guardian columnist Alys Fowler will take us on a journey through the canals of Birmingham by canoe with her new book Hidden Nature, and M.G.Leonard will talk about beetles to celebrate the publication of her new book for young people, Beetle Queen.

Meanwhile Birmingham writer Luke Kennard presents his debut novel The Transition, set amidst a housing crisis in the very near future.

Run by Writing West Midlands, Birmingham Literature Festival also offers opportunities for writers to develop their own writing, with a series of workshops on topics such as how to write a poetry app and mindful writing. Other workshops include drawing inspiration from activities, which Birmingham is in a unique position to offer – canoeing, walking the canal paths, and cycling. Children and young people can enjoy two special illustration workshops with illustrators and picture book creators.

As well as tickets for individual events, Birmingham Literature Festival also offers a Festival Pass, which allows regular attendees the chance to attend the ten main events for just £50.


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