Introducing our Reader in Residence, Nikki Bi:

Hello fellow book lovers!

I'm delighted to be the Birmingham Literature Festival's first Reader in Residence. As someone who loves books, I've been really lucky to incorporate this love into my work.

As Reader in Residence, I'll be running reader-based activity during the festival, including:

  • Facilitating reading groups in the workplace

  • Bringing different people together to chat about books and reading over coffee and cake

  • Connecting reading groups across the city

  • Hosting book discussions in alternative reading spaces, such as trains, narrowboats, parks or even in a taxi!


Take a look at the events I'm running below: there are 3 drop-in events you can come to, where we'll be talking about books featured during the festival.

What I hope to do as Reader in Residence is encourage people to broaden their reading horizons, to increase the motivation to read, to spread a love of words and books and add to the city's reading culture.

I want to hear your ideas and suggestions. What would you like us to do to celebrate reading?

I read to switch off and experience something new. Books are pure escapism for me - an opportunity to immerse myself into another world or culture, without even leaving home.

Talk to me, share your ideas, tell me about your books and if you're poart of a book group, let me know.

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See you in October!


Supported by the West Midlands Readers' Network.

Reader in Residence events:

The Festival Read in Residence will be running three public events, which are just £5 each and include a copy of the book.


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