Birmingham Literature Festival announces Digital Festival for 2020

一年一度的节日, usually 10 days of live events in mid-October across Birmingham, will instead release a series of specially-commissioned podcast discussions, 网络作家工作坊, 和 one-off live digital events curated in partnership with 达勒姆书展九个拱门的新闻.

Birmingham Literature Festival has today announced its plans for this autumn. 这是独一无二的一年, the festival in its usual form cannot take place – venues are shut, 把人们聚在一起是不可能的. Birmingham Literature Festival 2020 will take place entirely online, 有一系列特别委托的播客, uedbet新版, 还有一些视频活动可以观看.

这个节日, 是伯明翰音乐节日历上的中坚力量, 自1998年起每年十月举行, has made the shift online in response to the Covid-19 restrictions which do not at the time of writing allow for large gatherings of people either indoors or outdoors. uedbet新版通常有超过4个,10天内接待了1万名游客, 横跨伯明翰市中心, 在现场作家活动和写作研讨会上.

For the 2020 Birmingham Literature Festival, audiences will be able to enjoy:

· Bham Lit Fest的礼物… 播客系列: initially a run of 10 30-min audio performances 和 discussions, which starts recording in August 和 will be released from 10月1日, 每周或每两周,视情况而定. It will be free 和 available on all podcast distribution platforms. 确认客人包括:

o 冷战时期的史蒂夫与基特·德·瓦尔对话

o Stuart Maconie 和 Pete Paphides in conversation with Jo Bell

o Liz Berry introducing poetry readings with Rupinder Kaur 和 Romalyn Ante

o C和ice Brathwaite in conversation with Dorothy Koomson

o 保罗·门德斯在和盖尔琳·古尔德谈话

· uedbet新版: 2 hour writing workshops, accessible to all, taking place throughout October. Topics include poetry, editing, introduction to publishing, 和 translation. Workshops will be ticketed, 和 go on sale on 7 September via the BLF网站.

· Video events to watch online: a celebration of National Poetry Day on 10月1日 (in partnership with 九个拱门的新闻) 和 a series of co-produced events in collaboration with 达勒姆书展该片将于10月中旬上映.


It has been a very strange inaugural year as the newly-appointed director of the Birmingham Literature Festival! Whilst it has been really sad 和 disappointing to be unable to host a live event programme across the wonderful venues in the city centre, it has also offered us an exciting opportunity to be creative in the development 和 delivery of our festival programme 和 to make it accessible for everyone across, 及以后, 西米德兰.

Although our physical movements have been increasingly restricted, new ways of connecting 和 bringing writers together have opened up, allowing us to create a festival programme that has no borders, but still retains a distinct celebration of the wonderful writing about, 从, 西米德兰. We will really miss hosting live events this year 和 having the opportunity to interact with our audiences, but we hope that our programme will help keep us connected 和 inspired until we are able to meet in person again.”

This year, Birmingham Literature Festival is delighted that novelist 和 social mobility activist 装备德瓦尔 同意担任客座策展人. 基特一直与香黛尔·爱德华兹密切合作, 电影节导演, 从今年年初开始, 并亲自策划了几期播客.


“It’s such a privilege to be able to be involved in programming the Birmingham Literature Festival in such weird times. 幻想作家和思想家, 诗人, 积极分子, teachers – there’s a huge expanse of people 和 topics discussed 和 I hope you come along 和 enjoy the festival online.”

Birmingham Literature Festival 2020 starts with a live event in association with 九个拱门的新闻 on National Poetry Day, 10月1日.

Bham Lit Fest的礼物… podcasts will be released weekly from 10月1日 和 available on all major podcast distribution services.

uedbet新版 will be available to book from 7 September.