Literary Events in Brum

If you live in or around Birmingham (yes, I know there are some of you lurking out there!) you might be interested in a couple of events coming up this month (one of which is free!)

LIT-FEST, Saturday 17th September
This, the very first ‘Lit-Fest’, is taking place between 1pm – 11pm at the Prince of Wales pub in Moseley and it’s a day of writing-based talks and workshops, followed by an evening of entertainment (which includes a ‘so you think you can write’ competition – I’m afraid the deadline for that was 3rd September but it might be fun to go along and listen to the candidates, who have five minutes to read out their work, which is then judged by a panel, X-factor style!).

It costs £15 in advance or £20 on the door (or £10 for the evening’s entertainment only). More details here.
Lit-Fest is linked to the PoW WoW Writers’ group and their blog is here.

BBC RADIO 3 THE VERB – Friday 23rd September
Poet Ian McMillan will be introducing the first of the Verb New Voices performances. Two emerging spoken word artists premiere the pieces they’ve developed over the Summer. Novelist, biographer and playwright David Lodge reflects on what working in different genres has taught him about how his characters think. The memorist Sathnam Sanghera reads a commissioned piece about eating beef for the first time, by mistake. And finally, the writer Catherine O’Flynn (who I’ve written about before – here ),champions Birmingham in fiction.
Where: MAC, Cannon Hill Park,Birmingham
When: Friday 23 September, 8.00pm
Tickets: Free, booking essential

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