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Free event! Preview screening Books that Made Britain


A Birmingham Literature Festival special preview screening of Books that Made Britain Birmingham: ‘Factories to Middle Earth’.

The documentary is part of a new BBC series Books that Made Britain. Birmingham-born Qasa Alom sets out to discover what it’s like being a writer from Birmingham, away from the literati in London. He meets successful Birmingham novelists, David Lodge, Jonathan Coe and Kit de Waal. He also finds out about Jim Crace, a ‘fabulist’ who has written more obliquely about Birmingham, Henry Green, who wrote one of the great industrial novels of the twenties, set in Birmingham, and JRR Tolkien, who spent his childhood in the city. Could Birmingham really have been an inspiration for Middle Earth?

Look out for Writing West Midlands’ very own Jonathan Davidson!

This free event will be a special preview of the film, and include a ‘making of’ conversation with the producer, Ed Barlow, and presenter Qasa Alom.

The documentary will be aired on 16 October on BBC One West Midlands and will then be available on the iPlayer.

How to Book:
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