Saturday 7 – Saturday 14 October 2017
This year, Birmingham Literature Festival turns 20. From a tiny series of events back in 1998, the festival is now week-long book bonanza in October every year which takes over the city of Birmingham.
To celebrate, we held our first ever Spring Edition from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April: a special one-off festival celebrating all that’s great about writing and Birmingham: writing workshops which involve canoes, bicycles and walks; a variety of venues across the city; and a host of writers, bestselling and up-and-coming, from the region and further afield, including Romania, Poland and the US. We hosted best-selling novelist Lionel Shriver, and nature writer and Guardian columnist Alys Fowler. Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, talked about her startling new memoir Everywoman: a defiant call to stand up, speak out and be counted.
The October festival will be 7-14 October 2017, and we’ll be announcing the programme in early August. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know.
We’re also partnering with THSH on Sunday 15 October to host poet and performer Hollie McNish.