Join us for a poetry showcase event on the theme of cultural exchange with poets Birmingham poets Spoz Giovanni Esposito and Nafeesa Hamid, and Northern Irish poets Michael Wlson and Sinead Coxhill.
The Perseverance is the remarkable debut book by British-Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus.
Ranging across history and continents, these poems operate in the spaces in between; their haunting lyrics creating new, hybrid territories. The Perseverance is a book of loss, contested language and praise, where elegies for the poet's father sit alongside meditations on the d/Deaf experience.
This event will be BSL interpreted.
'His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted.' Kwame Dawes
Wilfred Owen died exactly a week before the end of the First World War. His renowned poems documented the horrors of war, and he never actually lived to see the end of that bloody conflict, or the arrival of peace in Europe. But what if instead of a war poet, we remembered Wilfred Owen as a poet writing for peace?
We are delighted to welcome poets Menna Elfyn, Pascale Petit and Ian Duhig, who will be reading their poems from the Peace Poetry pamphlet and discussing writing for peace over the last century.
This event will be chaired by Dr Gregory Leadbetter,poet and Director of the MA in Creative Writing at Birmingham City University.
Tickets: £8.00, £6.40 conc
What does it mean to fight for a ‘mother country’ that refuses to accept you as one of its own? Britain’s First World War poets changed the way we view military conflict and had a deep impact on the national psyche. Yet the stories of the 15,600 Caribbean volunteers who signed up to the British West Indian Regiment remain largely unknown. Sadly, these citizens of the empire were not embraced as compatriots on an equal footing. Instead they faced prejudice, injustice and discrimination while being confined to menial and auxiliary work, regardless of rank or status.
Co-commissioned by BBC – Contains Strong Language, 14-18 NOW – WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and the British Council, Unwritten invited contemporary Caribbean diaspora poets to write into that vexed space.
Exploring the nature of war and humanity – as it exists now – and at a time when Britain's colonial ambitions were still at a peak.
Unwritten: Caribbean Poems After the First World War is a result of that provocation.
Joining us this evening to share their poetry from this new collection are Jay Bernard,Malika Booker, Kat Francois, Jay T. John, Ishion Hutchinson, Charnell Lucien, Vladimir Lucien and Tanya Shirley. The event will be hosted by Karen McCarthy Woolf.
Unwritten Poems is co-commissioned by BBC – Contains Strong Language, 14-18 NOW – WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, and the British Council.
Tickets: £15 (includes a copy of the book)
Happy National Poetry Day! Join us for a fantastic evening of poetry to mark this annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems.
As part of our National Poetry Day celebrations, we are delighted to present three of the best contemporary poets from across the West Midlands – Liz Berry, Roy McFarlane and Jane Commane – who will be reading poetry from their latest collections.
We will also be announcing our new Birmingham Poet and Young Poet Laureates 2018 – 2020.
Come and be part of our 2018 National Poetry Day celebrations and enjoy an evening of inspiring and thought-provoking poetry, from some of the most exciting established and emerging contemporary poets from across the region.
This event will be hosted by Jonathan Davidson.
Tickets: £10.00, £8.00 conc
Welcome to the October 2018 Birmingham Literature Festival!
@BhamLitFest are delighted to present 10 days of inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining events in venues across Birmingham city centre, which not only showcase great books and writers from the UK and abroad, but also create space to bring people together for great conversation and ideas.
Our programme is packed with events celebrating words, books and ideas in many forms. We've sought out the most exciting up-and-coming writers alongside well-established names, with events including panel discussions, author talks and new book launches, writing workshops, nature walks and a trip on-board a narrowboat. Performance also plays a huge part in this year’s festival, with shows that fuse theatre, music and storytelling, and others that combine poetry and even live cooking on stage.
As part of this year’s festival, it has also been a joy to work with journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera who has curated some very special events with key writers from the West Midlands, about which you can see more below.
We hope you feel as excited by this programme as we are, and we look forward to seeing you in October.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH NOTTINGHAM POETRY SOCIETY, BEESTON POETS AND FIVE LEAVES BOOKSHOP
Join us to celebrate international poetry in a reading featuring translated works from original languages including Farsi, Greek, Russian, and Irish. Members of Nottingham Poetry Society and Beeston Poets will share their favourite poetic voices from around the world, and special guest poet Maura Dooley will talk about her experience of translating the work of Iranian refugee Azita Ghahreman , collected in her new book of Ghahremea’s poetry, Negatives of a Group Photograph.
Please note this event will take place at Beeston Library, tel: 0115 925 5168
Be captivated, be charmed, be delighted, be dazzled, entranced, and enthralled, bewitched, spellbound, hypnotised, and mesmerised!
let us inspire each other!
Come join me at Cafephilia for a night filled with an eclectic mix of writers, poets, musicians, magicians, storey-tellers and more!
£4 on the door
£2 if you are performing
If you would like to perform or are a little bit curious about performing? This is a safe and happy environment to test the water or just come along to join us in a world of magical talents. There will be a few open mic spots available on the night or book your slot now by contacting me via facebook or contacting me on this number.
Help Verve Poetry Press launch its next two collections at this magnificent launch event for Leon Priestnall's Bennetts Hill Blues and Nafeesa Hamid's Besharam. Featuring guest readings from Jack Crowe, Mina Mekic, Yasmina Silva, Bethany Slinn, Scarlett Ward and Zeddie, all of whom have single poems featured in the collections.
In the second half, Leon and Nafeesa will deliver extended sets of poems taken from their wonderful new books, and afterwards will sign copies for any who are sensible enough to want one. Be first to grab hold of either or both of these wonderful debut collections!
This event will be hosted most capably by Verve Poetry Press Co-founder, poet and TV star, Amerah Saleh!
Tickets are £5 but are refundable against a purchase of either book.
Verve Poetry Festival is thrilled to present Hera Lyndsay Bird's only Midlands event on her whirlwind tour of the UK and Ireland. Join us for this must-see event.
£5 (online only)
Sean will be joined by guest readings from students and staff from the University's School of English.
Wine will be served, and Sean will be available to sign copies of Europa.
This is a FREE event, so don't miss out!
Brought to you by the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University.
For more information about the School of English, click here.
Help Verve Poetry Press launch its first two collections at this stunning launch event for Amerah Saleh’s I Am Not From Here and Casey Bailey’s Adjusted. Featuring guest readings from Adjei Dsane, Reuben Field, Raza Hussain, Ahlaam Moledina, Hannah Swings, Sophie Wheeler and Afrah Yafai, all of whom have single poems featured in the books.
This evening, however, is ALL about Amerah and Casey and will feature extended sets from both poets and a post-event signing session. Join us and be among the first to get your hands on these marvellous debut collections.
Tickets cost £5 and are available online only. Tickets are refundable against a purchase of either collection.
Brendan Hawthorne is a poet, playwright, writer and musician, based in the industrial West Midlands. First published in 2004 by Bluechrome in the Hobo Poet series, he has since released four poetry collections through various publishers and seven titles of local interest for Bradwell Books. Productions of his two plays, 'Hard Graft; All for 23 Bob' and 'Two Mothers of Distant Sons', have combined his love of storytelling and music, receiving critical acclaim.
A viral hit in 2017, Brendan's appearance on BBC Radio WM on Black Country Day has gained over a quarter-of-a-million views to date. He stood on Anthony Gormley's 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square and appeared on BBC One's The One Show translating Shirley Bassey lyrics into Black Country dialect to the Dame herself!
Brendan is honoured to be Poet Laureate of Wednesbury, his adopted home town, and in 2017 was made one of the Black Country 100 Masters. As an arts facilitator, he has worked on numerous commissions including NHS, English Heritage and National Trust. He hosts a monthly acoustic and spoken word evening, showcasing local talent, at Wednesbury Library on the last Tuesday of every month. He is also one half of the Boonyeds comedy duo.
Verve presents a very special evening of poetry with the one and only Kaveh Akbar! The ONLY reading outside of London on his UK tour of his debut collection, Calling a Wolf of Wolf, will be in Birmingham.
The event also features two local poets – award-winning Romalyn Ante and Birmingham Young Poet Laureate Nyanda Foley – with host R.A. Villanueva. Join us for an unmissable evening at Waterstones Birmingham to celebrate the best of contemporary global poetry in true Verve fashion.
Tickets cost £5.98 and can be booked online.