Birmingham Literature Festival

4-14 October

Join Birmingham Literature Festival for 10 days of inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining events, which not only showcase great books and writers from the UK and abroad, but also create space to bring people together for great conversation and ideas.

 The festival kicks off with two National Poetry Day events on Thursday 4th October, featuring local poets Liz Berry, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane. We'll also be presenting poetry from nine Caribbean diaspora poets included as part of a new anthology called Unwritten: Caribbean poems after the First World War (co-commisioned by BBC Contains Strong Language, the British Council and 14-18 Now). Our Unwritten event will include readings from UK and Caribbean poets including Jay Bernard, Malika Booker, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Ishion Hutchinson.

 We are thrilled to also be working again with independant publishers And Other Stories, who will be showcasing four UK and international women writers and translators they are publishing in 2018, as well as offering one-to-one fiction surgeries for writers.

 Don't miss stories of life-changing travel and adventure with writers Abi Andrews, Katharine Norbury and Alys Fowler in our event The Call of the Wild, as well as new tales from home by local and regional writers as part of the Hometown Tales event, and the launch of the brand new Book of Birmingham.

 We are also very excited to present award-winning poet and theatre maker Jackie Hagen's celebrated show This Is Not A Safe Space, which challenges the relentless scapegoating and stereotyping of working class disabled people in today’s society. Celebrating the weird, the wonky, the unruly and the resilient!

 As part of our October festival, it has also been a joy to work with our Guest Curator Sathnam Sanghera, who has curated some very special events with key writers from the West Midlands. You can find out more about Sathnam's events featuring Caitlin Moran and Sali Hughes, Nigel Slater and Ravinder Bhogal and Jonathan Coe below.

 All our events can be booked online, or you can call Box Office on 0121 245 4455.


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