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Previous Birmingham Literature Festivals


Little Earthquake commission 2014


Benjamin Zephaniah at BLF 2013


Rita Dove at BLF 2015


Germaine Greer at BLF 2013


All Night at the Coffin Works 2015


Elvis McGonagall at BLF 2012


Sampad dance event 2013


Jackie Kay at BLF 2014


Simon Armitage at BLF 2012


Tracey Thorn at BLF 2015


Carol Ann Duffy at BLF 2013


The Writing of Protest 2015


Romeo & Juliet 2014


Will Self at BLF 2013


Jo Bell at BLF 2014


Writers Without Borders at BLF 2013


Jonathan Coe at BLF 2013

Rosie Garland: The Palace of Curiosities at BLF 2013

After nineteen years Writing West Midlands’ annual festival, the Birmingham Literature Festival, is firmly established in the cultural calendar as the region’s biggest and brightest writing event, gathering household names and rising stars to celebrate the power of words.

A great event, so useful to ask questions (never enough at literary festivals); wonderful to have the chance to meet writers from two different ‘worlds’.” – Audience Feedback

A really inspiring evening which validated our shared experiences and vulnerabilities in a way that celebrated our human-ness – fab, thank you!”Audience Feedback

The Festival is always a varied, ambitious programme that has won us a loyal and growing audience over the years. In 2013 we rebranded from Birmingham Book Festival to allow us to reflect the changing face of the publishing industry, while retaining the communal, analogue thrill of a simple reading or discussion event. 2013 was also a landmark year as we moved the majority of the Festival to its new home, the Library of Birmingham.

“Inspiring, uplifting, hopeful, intelligent and almost made me cry.” – Audience Feedback

“Local, inspiring, successful, funny – exactly the kind of guest I love!” – Audience Feedback

The Birmingham Literature Festival is a project of  Writing West Midlands, the literature development agency for the region. We are a charity (charity no. 1147710) and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. 

The Birmingham Literature Festival team. Image © Lee Allen

The Birmingham Literature Festival team. Image © Lee Allen

You can find out more about Writing West Midlands here.

To make sure that you keep up to date with all the news from the Festival, follow us on Twitter @BhamLitFest and Facebook. You can also subscribe to our mailing list to receive the Festival e-newsletter and to receive our Festival brochure right to your doorstep. To join click here.

You can see the programme and images from previous Birmingham Literature Festivals here and find out how you can get involved as a volunteer here or Festival Friend here.

The Birmingham Literature Festival Team:

Jonathan Davidson – Chief Executive
Abigail Campbell – Programmer
Antonia Beck – Production Manager
Caroline Bletso – PR and Communications Manager (maternity cover)
Emma Boniwell – Learning and Participation Manager

Birmingham Literature Festival is a member of Birmingham Festivals (www.birminghamfestivals.com).

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