Make sure you check out the other things that are going on throughout the Festival!
Ten Day Sentence: 30,000 words. 10 Days. One writer.
Rachel New, co-host of Heart West Midlands’ breakfast show, will be stationed in the new Library of Birmingham as part of Birmingham Literature Festival producing an interactive 30,000 word novella. Find out more and stay up-to-date here.
The Discovery Season at Library of Birmingham
Tuesday 3 September – 31 December. Produced & curated by Capsule, supported by Arts Council England.
The Discovery Season programme is inspired by the Library’s internationally-important archives and special collections, and draws on content as diverse as one of the world’s largest books, Victorian children’s games and toys, and even train and bus tickets. The Season will bring to life the Library’s stunning new spaces and will play host to installations, events, performances and workshops for every age and interest encompassing literature, art, film, illustration, food and debate.
During the Birmingham Literature Festival, The Pavilion, designed by Morag Myerscough and situated in the Library foyer’s Spotlight space, will feature two Creative Residencies as part of a rolling programme.
The Book Apothecary: Transcribe, 1 – 6 October
Transcribe is an interactive installation presented by the Book Apothecary. The installation is inspired by the idea that books and libraries are physical spaces that require interaction, and that the act of browsing and reading is not a passive activity. Multiple people exploring the exhibit, triggering a collection of talking books talking at the same time will create the illusion of a conversation in a space where speech is usually limited. During this residency, you will also have the chance to create your own books and enjoy work from the Book Apothecary’s archive of travelling suitcase books.
Outcrowd Collective: House of Beorma, 8-13 October
The Outcrowd collective’s work on the lost ‘Festival of the Rea’ celebrates Birmingham’s origins. Unique archives suggest the Festival was once held at the crossing of the River Rea (now known as Digbeth), the site of the first recorded Anglo-Saxon settlement – the Beormingas clan, from which Birmingham gets its name. Outcrowd’s work draws on the Library’s Benjamin Stone Archive presenting archival material of the Festival as well as its modern reimagining.
Festival Hotel: Copthorne Hotel
Paradise Circus, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3HJ
Located in the centre of Birmingham overlooking Centenary Square, this 4 star hotel offers easy access to a wide range of places of interest and attractions. We have 211 well equppied bedrooms, 100 car parking spaces and are only a 5 minute walk from New Street train station. The hotel restaurant, Bugis Street Brasserie offers the very best in Singaporean, Malaysian & Chinese Cuisine and is open daily from 12.00 noon. The hotel bar offers an extensive menu along with a wide range of beers, wines & spirits.
Copthorne Hotel Birmingham are offering Festival attendees rooms for £70.00 bed & breakfast per night.
Rates apply: 3– 5 & 8 – 13 October 2013
To book please call reservations on 0121 200 2727 and quote ‘Birmingham Literature Festival’.
totally4women.com and the Birmingham Literature Festival October 2013
totally4women (t4w) will seek out and hope to present the vox pop of the Festival. It will attend at the Festival to interact with festival goers and participants and seek feedback on Festival events. These reactions will be posted up live (if agreed) on the t4w website and on social media sites in the form of mini reviews written by visitors and/or video of interviews and sound bites. t4w will also be very keen to seek out new writers who may want to have a voice on the t4w site, particularly in connection with themes arising out of the Festival. All in all we will celebrate this great festival of writers, readers and literature. Do look out for us!