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Birmingham Literature Festival 8-17th October 2015

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 has come and gone, but you can sleep soundly knowing that we are working hard to programme a scintillating Festival for 2015. The dates have been booked – 8-17th October, so feel free to pencil us in!

Birmingham Literature Festival 2014 was fantastic, and made all the better due to the overwhelming support from all you literature lovers out there. During October, Birmingham was treated to the likes of Meera Syal, a celebration of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, a BBC Radio 4 day with Roger McGough and Jonathan Coe, conversations with Man Booker 2014 shortlisted authors, and lots more events supporting local writers and performers. 

Here’s what you had to say…

Birmingham Literature Festival 2014

Jackie Kay celebrating National Poetry Day!

“A brilliant opening event. Jackie Kay was brilliantly funny, engaging, with a warm honesty.” - From a visitor to Jackie Kay: Poems for National Poetry Day.

“It was one of the most riveting and spellbinding performances of Dylan Thomas’ work and I have seen a few. First Class.” – From a visitor to Fern Hill and Other Pieces.

“Inspiring, uplifting, hopeful, intelligent and almost made me cry.” – From a visitor to Owen Jones: The Urban Sermon.

“Lovely combination, water, history, reclaimed nature, and inspiring poetry” - From a visitor to Poetry Afloat with Canal Laureate Jo Bell.

Birmingham Literature Festival 2014

Jo Bell at Poetry Afloat!

“Local, inspiring, successful, funny – exactly the kind of guest I love!” – From a visitor to Meera Syal in Conversation with Sathnam Sanghera.

To make sure that you keep up to date with all the news from Birmingham Literature for 2015, make sure that you are following us on Twitter @BhamLitFest and have liked our Facebook page. You can also subscribe to our mailing list to receive the Festival e-newsletter and to be the first to get a Festival brochure right to your doorstep. To join CLICK HERE

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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