Birmingham Literature Festival announces October 2018 lineup

Birmingham Literature Festival returns to the city this autumn with an exciting line up of novelists, 诗人, 美食作家, 漫画家, 记者, 哲学家和表演者.

这个为期十天的节日从10月4日到10月14日, 在城市的各个场馆, including the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Audiences can look forward to journalist and writer Caitlin Moran in conversation with beauty journalist and commentator Sali Hughes, BBC广播4台的“任何问题”现场直播? 与乔纳森·丁布尔比, an exclusive preview of novelist Jonathan Coe’s new book, 英格兰中部, and cook and writer Nigel Slater chatting to fellow chef Ravinder Bhogal.

As the festival kicks off on National Poetry Day on Thursday 4 October, 当地诗人莉兹·贝瑞, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane headline the Birmingham celebration of the day, where the new Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham will also be announced.

There will be events in Martineau Gardens and Cannon Hill Park on nature writing and urban bird-watching, and you can also board a narrowboat for a special event about canals and waterways which criss-cross the UK.

表演在今年的艺术节中扮演着重要的角色, 与戏剧相融合的事件, 讲故事和文学, 并结合诗歌, 音乐甚至烹饪都在舞台上直播. There will also be a chance to explore the darker side of writing with events on Frankenstein, 鬼故事和哥特式故事.


“我们很高兴展示这10天鼓舞人心的活动, thought-provoking and entertaining events celebrating writing, 各种形式的书籍和思想. Our October festival includes some of the most exciting up and coming writers alongside well-established names, such as leading women’s rights activist Helen Pankhurst, punk legend and memoirist Viv Albertine and an evening with the ‘Godfather of Alternative Comedy’ Alexei Sayle. We hope you feel as excited by this programme as we are.”

For the first time, Festival Director Antonia Beck has also been working with a Guest Curator, 《uedbet新版官网》 记者和作家Sathnam Sanghera, who wanted to reflect his love and knowledge of the West Midlands (he grew up in Wolverhampton) in the events he has helped create.

客座馆长Sathnam Sanghera说:

“I drew up a dream list of authors with direct links to the region, 情感上勒索他们每个人, and I’m delighted that most of them have agreed to come.

“Caitlin Moran is one of Britain’s most successful authors and one of the world’s most influential feminist voices, but for me she’s also one of Wolverhampton’s finest exports.

“Nigel Slater is best known for his work as a TV cook, but I think he is also one of our most brilliant writers. 他的回忆录, 烤面包, describes a very different Black Country childhood to mine, 但这本书对我产生了深远的影响.

“终于, 乔纳森·科, 在我看来, written some of the best books ever set in the Midlands, and it’s so exciting we’ll get a world-exclusive preview of his latest novel, 英格兰中部, 在这个事件.

“It feels like Birmingham is going through an exciting time in the run up to the Commonwealth Games, and I hope we can show we have a lot to offer culturally as well as sporting-wise.”

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Birmingham Literature Festival was established in 1998 to bring literature to the city and beyond. 这是写作西米德兰兹的一个项目, which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

写作西米德兰兹郡 is the literature development agency for the West Midlands, 支持创意作家和创意写作. It offers support to help writers establish their writing careers. It supports young writers as they develop their interest in creative writing. 它举办节日和活动, including the Birmingham Literature Festival and the annual National Writers’ Conference. It exists to champion the West Midlands region as a great place to be a writer.