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Dates Announced for 20th Anniversary Festival

We’re two decades old!

The Spring Edition, from 21st – 23rd April, incorporates canoes, bicycles and walks, a variety of venues across the city, and a host of writers from Birmingham and further afield, including Romania, Poland and the US.

The Festival Finale features best-selling American novelist Lionel Shriver, whose latest book The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 – 2047, imagines America’s economic and social collapse. Meanwhile Birmingham writer Luke Kennard will share his vision of a dystopia much closer to home: his debut novel The Transition is set amidst the housing crisis in the very near future.

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. And blogger Emma Gannon will be in conversation with debut author Olivia Sudjic about growing up online.

Nature writer Alys Fowler will launch her new book Hidden Nature – a journey through the canals of Birmingham by canoe. M.G.Leonard will talk beetles to celebrate the publication of her new book for young people, Beetle Queen.

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.

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

Watch this space for our events as we unveil them, or sign up to the mailing list so you don’t miss a thing.

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