Birmingham Literature Festival

Birmingham lit fest

Birmingham Literature Festival is now in its 15th year! Running between 2nd and 11th October 2014, the festival brings together a blend of high quality literature events, activities and conversations. Those which may be of particular interest to Social Policy students include:

Steven Knight: Writing Peaky Blinders October 6th @6pm – 7.30pm £8/£6

“Until September last year not many people had heard of a post-First World War Birmingham-based gang called the Peaky Blinders. Then came Steven Knight’s BAFTA award-winning BBC Two television series. In all its murky gangster glory, Birmingham emerged in a different light. As viewers anticipate a second series of Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight makes a special appearance at the Birmingham Literature Festival to talk about how he created such compelling new drama out of a little known period of Birmingham’s social history and why this was such an important personal story for him to tell”. Birmingham Literature Festival 2014


Dame Janet Suzman: In Conversation October 6th @8pm – 9.30pm £8/£6

“Born in South Africa, Janet Suzman emigrated to Britain at 20 and is one of our most distinguished actors, across both stage and film. She has retained her fascination with her country of birth and has a unique awareness of its position in the world”. Birmingham Literature Festival 2014.

The Urban Sermon: Owen Jones

October 8 @ 7:30 pm9:00 pm |£10 / £8 “…The sermon will be given by Owen Jones, bestselling writer, political activist and a weekly columnist for the Guardian. He appears regularly in broadcast media, including BBC1′s Question Time, ITV’s Daybreak, Channel 4 News and Newsnight. Owen’s first book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, was long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and he was Young Writer of the Year at the 2013 Political Book Awards. His new book, The Establishment, is a biting critique of the powerful forces that shape our lives, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.

In this year’s Urban Sermon, Owen Jones will talk about the deep commitment to democracy that underpins his writing, and his passion for telling the stories of hidden lives and unheard voices”. Birmingham Literature Festival 2014.

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Find out more about the literature festival. The above events can be found on the off-campus events page.