I have had the privilege of being involved in some amazing projects in my career, 但这个感觉特别特别. I am a Brummie, I wear it with pride 而且 it is something that often colours my writing. The Birmingham Literature Festival is a cornerstone of the region’s literature scene, 而且 it has been a pleasure to to attend 而且 participate – so to be in the position to curate some of that experience for others is just awesome.
伯明翰桂冠诗人, 这次音乐节将标志着我任期的结束, 但这样就结束了! If I’m honest I really wanted to pull together events that feature writers that I respect 而且 enjoy, 以不(纯粹)自私的方式, sharing their magic in different settings with audiences that I am sure will love to hear from them, 太. When I 太k the role of Poet Laureate of the city, I said I wanted to bring poetry to Birmingham 而且 bring Birmingham to poetry.
The writers I have asked to join us on the Birmingham Literature Festival stages are reflective of this ambition, with some amazing local talent 而且 some outst而且ing writers from outside the city combining for a great series of events.
I’m honoured to be one of the three authors guest curating this year’s festival.
作为一个短篇小说作家, I’m delighted we can offer a workshop on this form – one which writers often start with 而且 which allows them to find their voice at the start of their career.
I want to shine a light on LGBTQ+ voices 而且 some wonderful authors from Northern Irel而且.
I also wanted to have a chance to interview two people I admire greatly: Kit de Waal, who I am honoured to call a friend as well as a writer I admire; 而且 奥斯曼Yousefzada, a designer 而且 artist whose work has inspired many.
I’m really looking forward to speaking to all of these fantastic writers at Birmingham Literature Festival in October.
It occasionally occurs to me that hosting a literature festival is a rather quaint exercise in our modern age, where information 而且 ideas are so readily accessible at the touch of a button.
那人应该去朝圣 小镇, 或者甚至去另一个城市, 只是为了交换意见, is ultimately unnecessary in an era where you can do so with greater ease simply by logging onto 推特.
And yet the immediacy of digital communication is precisely why I think literature festivals still matter – why they matter now more than ever. Rather than the frenetic pace of online forums, we can offer a painstakingly put together programme of ideas 而且 people that has been discussed 而且 finessed over many months – leading to conversations that I hope will endure long after the final chair has been cleared away.
The events I’ve curated this year speak to issues 而且 themes I’ve always found deeply fascinating, 有时面对.
I hope you’ll enjoy these events as much as I’ve enjoyed curating them – do let me know your thoughts.