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Birmingham Literature Festival 2 – 11 October 2014

Welcome to the Birmingham Literature Festival. Run by Writing West Midlands, the Festival has been a staple of the city’s autumn calendar for fifteen years.

Another year, and another festival taking shape on the Autumn horizon.

It hardly seems a week ago that we were celebrating the opening of the new Library of Birmingham. Yet here we are about to launch a festival programme that will take place after the library celebrates its first birthday. From 2 – 11 October 2014 we will bring you our usual blend of high quality literature events, activities and conversations – from sparkling poetry to prize winning fiction and beyond.

This year’s headline events include Meera Syal talking about her writing, Jackie Kay celebrating National Poetry Day, Roger McGough and Liz Berry bringing their poetry to life, an evening with South African Director, actress and writer Janet Suzman and a day of BBC Radio programme recordings including Poetry Please and With Great Pleasure.

In addition, you can expect a light and quirky programme of surrounding activity, free events inspired by the non-performance spaces in the Library of Birmingham including the Emergency Poet and her 1970s vintage ambulance and ghost stories with Birmingham based theatre company Little Earthquake.

The full Festival programme is available now. Please head to the Event Calendar or you can see the full list on the 2014 Event Diary Page.  Make sure you bookmark us, join our mailing list and follow us on twitter (@bhamlitfest) to keep up with all the latest news.

If you want to make the most of this year’s festival and support our programme, consider becoming a Friend of Writing West Midlands. Your contribution enables us to continue to programme imaginatively and broadly and brings benefits including discounts on tickets and local restaurants.


The Birmingham Literature Festival programme is subject to change, without notice where unavoidable. 

Support Us

There are two ways to support your literature festival. You can become a Friend of Writing West Midlands and the Birmingham Literature Festival which brings benefits and discounts year round. If you are an organisation or individual interested in a particular event, sponsorship opportunities are available. For full details, see our Sponsorship Menu.

About Us

The Birmingham Literature Festival is a project of Writing West Midlands. Writing West Midlands is the literature development agency for the region. Charity no. 1147710. Supported by Arts Council England.

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