Friday, 31 August 2018

Birmingham Literature Festival, October 2018

With details of Birmingham Literature Festival in October:


Welcome to the October 2018 Birmingham Literature Festival.

I'm delighted to reveal the line-up for our October 2018 festival, which will run from 4th to 14th October in venues across Birmingham city centre.

Come and join us 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.

We're kicking off the festival 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.

We hope you feel as excited by this programme as we are, and we look forward to seeing you in October!

Antonia Beck
Festival Director

Just a few highlights...

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Find out more about the fallacy of this anthem with one of the foremost commentators on US politics and history, Sarah Churchwell.

Sunday 14 October, 1pm
The STUDIO, Birmingham REP
Tickets: £8 / £6.40 (concs)

Join cooks and writers Nigel Slater and Ravinder Bhogal as they discuss their love of food and their passion for writing.

Nigel Slater is a cook who writes. The author of a collection of bestselling books and presenter of nine BBC television series, Nigel has been the food columnist for The Observer for twenty five years.
Nigel does very few public events and we're honoured he wanted to return to the West Midlands (he grew up in Wolverhampton) to headline this very special event.

Sunday 14 October, 3.30pm
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Tickets, £15 / £12 (concs)

Let's Dada!
In partnership with BCMG

Saturday 6 October, 8pm
The STUDIO, Birmingham REP
Tickets: £10 / £8 (concs)

Sponsored by Dains Accountants

Tuesday 9 October, 8pm
The STUDIO, Birmingham REP
Tickets: £10 / £8 (concs)

Sunday 14 October, 8pm
The STUDIO, Birmingham REP
Tickets: £12 / £9.60 (concs)

Birmingham Literature Festival | a project of Writing West Midlands
Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England NPO.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

New Writing North and Durham Book Festival

With details of Durham Book Festival, here is the latest information from the New Writing North:

Tickets are now on sale for Durham Book Festival!
We're delighted to let you know that tickets for Durham Book Festival 2018 are now on sale! From memoir to comedy, prize-winning poets to the best in debut fiction. We’re also looking forward to introducing a host of new commissions from a diverse range of northern voices including David Olusoga, Jacob Polley and Una. We really think there's someone for everyone in this year's programme. You'll find some of our highlights below and the whole programme here.
We couldn't be more excited to welcome Sarah Waters to the festival for this year's Big Read. If you're in Durham, make sure you pick up your free copy of Sarah's Gothic ghost story, The Little Stranger.
This year we will also be launching our inaugural Little ReadIzzy Gizmo by Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie. We’ll be sending a copy of the book to every primary school in Durham and we’ll be working with five community centres in County Durham to help children in these communities take part in Izzy Gizmo workshops to create songs and crafts inspired by the book.    
We hope you can join us!