Shantel Edwards appointed Creative Producer for Birmingham Literature Festival

Writing West Midlands, the literature development agency for the West Midlands region, has appointed Shantel Edwards as its new Creative Producer / Festival Director. Shantel will be working primarily on the Birmingham Literature Festival, the city’s flagship annual celebration of books and writers.


A Birmingham native and long time Birmingham Literature Festival audience member, Shantel joins Writing West Midlands after a career working within arts in higher education and completing her PhD in contemporary British literature at the University of Birmingham.

Shantel will now begin working with writers, venues, partner organisations, publishers and producers to programme and curate the 2020 Birmingham Literature Festival, which will take place in October in venues across the city. Publishers, agents and writers who would like to pitch their work are welcome to email where Shantel will be delighted to hear more.


The Birmingham Literature Festival returns in October 2020. Full details of events will be announced in August 2020.

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What a year 2019 was!

Thank you to all our speakers, chairs, audiences, volunteers, venues, venue staff, sponsors, Arts Council England, and to those of you who sent us messages online during Birmingham Literature Festival 2019. We had a ball.

With 56 events over 11 days in 12 locations across Birmingham, this year was our biggest yet, and we're thrilled with how it's all gone.

We're going to be hatching plans over the winter and will be back in 2020 with more events, workshops and fantastic discussions.

Till then, keep reading - and let us know what's making you excited about literature.

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