Spring Edition: a special festival to celebrate our 20th year

Birmingham Literature Festival is now in its 20th year. From a tiny series of events when it started, the festival is now 10-day book bonanza in October every year which takes over the city of Birmingham.

Our first ever Spring Edition*, which runs Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April, is 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.

Come and hear speakers including best-selling novelist Lionel Shriver, whose latest book The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 – 2047, imagines America’s economic and social collapse. Nature writer and Guardian columnist Alys Fowler will discuss her new book Hidden Nature – a journey through the canals of Birmingham by canoe.

Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley, will be talking about her startling new memoir Everywoman: a defiant call to stand up, speak out and be counted.

Poet and playwright, Inua Ellams will bring his show An Evening with An Immigrant to Birmingham for the first time, after sell-out shows in London. And Birmingham’s own Natalie Haynes will mark the publication of her second novel, The Children of Jocasta, with a humorous talk called
Honour Among Thebes.

Birmingham writer Luke Kennard presents his debut novel The Transition, set amidst the housing crisis in the very near future.

will talk beetles to celebrate the publication of her new book for young people, Beetle Queen.

The Spring Edition also includes the launch of a new anthology of Asian writing; a family illustration workshop; an afternoon with five Romanian poets; secret storytelling, silent reading and several writing workshops.


We’re also looking for volunteers to help us run the festival, if you want to get involved!


*Don’t worry, we’re still doing the October festival too, which will be 7-14 October 2017


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