Writing the Midlands: Lisa Blower and Emma Purshouse

Chaired by Kit de Waal. A live online event via Zoom webinar. Live captioning and Q&A available. Tickets: £5 per household.

26 May, 19:00 – 23:00
Zoom Webinar

Writing the Midlands: Lisa Blower and Emma Purshouse

Chaired by Kit de Waal

Lisa Blower (award-winning short story writer: Sitting Ducks; It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s; Pondweed) and Emma Purshouse (Common People anthology; Dogged) bring the Midlands to the page in their most recent novels Pondweed and Dogged. Brimming with unlikely heroes and the voices of working-class people from the Black Country and Stoke-on-Trent, their books bring the accents and dialects from across the Midlands to an audience not used to hearing it, or seeing it written.

Lisa and Emma will be in conversation with Kit de Waal, author and campaigner for more representation of working-class writers in literature and the publishing industry.

About this event:

Event information: This event will be available to watch live at 7pm on Wednesday 26 May 2021

Event Duration: This event will last for 60 minutes

Access: This event will be hosted in Zoom webinar and you will be sent links to watch it via Zoom automatically after purchasing a ticket. You do not need a Zoom account to watch this event.

Captioning: This event will be captioned using the Zoom “Live Captioning” facility, which you can switch off if you prefer

Get involved: The authors will take questions via the Q&A function within Zoom and questions from the audience will be answered at the end of the event


This event is run by Birmingham Literature Festival, a project of Writing West Midlands. Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

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26 May 2021


7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Tickets: £5 per household.