2020: The year which changed everything...

Birmingham Literature Festival: online events, podcasts, and poetry recordings

We’re making the best of the ongoing situation, and the ever-changing restrictions and guidelines, and moving the Birmingham Literature Festival online for now. We’re hosting discussions with writers, monthly writer blogs, podcasts, poetry readings and more.

We hope you enjoy our events, which you can enjoy and take part in from the comfort of your home. Please sign up to our mailing list for the latest news of any in-person events we’re able to host, as well as all our online content.

Birmingham Lit Fest Presents... Podcast

We’ve commissioned and curated a podcasts series talking to some of the most interesting writers working today.

With weekly episodes through the autumn, we’ll also be publishing shorter recordings throughout the year on the same feed.

Subscribe wherever you normally get your podcasts.

2021 monthly Writers' Events Online

We’re hosting monthly online author events, featuring some of the most exciting and discussion-provoking books of 2021. You can buy your ticket and watch live from home.

Our next event is Thursday 22 July, 7pm, with Kate Mosse talking about her book An Extra Pair of Hands.

2021 monthly Writers' Blog

We’ve commissioned writers we admire to write a blog entry for us, every month for the year of 2021.

For June 2021, we welcome Roy McFarlane, former Birmingham Poet Laureate.

Breakfast Poetry

Throughout October 2020, we celebrated the new poetry anthology from Bloodaxe publishers, Staying Human, with a reading from a specially-curated selection of poems released on SoundCloud every day of the month. You can listen to them on any device.