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Poetry & Conflict with Beatfreeks – Poetry writing workshop for young people aged 14-25

Tuesday 28 October, Beatbox in the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2ND, 2-5pm

Free (but please book)

A partnership event with Voices of War and Peace, an Arts & Humanities Research Council First World Engagement Centre, and Beatfreeks

Beatfreeks is an arts organisation supporting young, creative people to do what they love.

We’re a social enterprise, which means we use our resources and innovation to address social issues and benefit the broader community. We believe empowered, engaged and enabled young people are incredible catalysts for bringing about positive change, so our number one aim is providing platforms for growth and expression to young people.

Our core programme is run through five creative Academies – Poetry, Music, Dance, Media and Enterprise. In each Academy we run regular events, workshops and training opportunities. Almost all of our activity is youth-led, and we try our best to build progression routes and meaningful legacies into each of our opportunities. We exist to help young people develop and grow.


All of our workshops are free. To book a place please contact:


Voices of War and Peace is an Arts & Humanities Research Council First World War Engagement Centre. Led by the University of Birmingham and based in the Library of Birmingham, the Centre supports community research projects, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the centenary.

Please visit the website for more information:

Twitter @Voices_WW1

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Weekend workshops delivered by published authors in a beautiful rural location.
Booking now for our autumn 2014 programme
Crime Writing with million selling author Neil White – 6th &7th September 2014
Historical fiction with mystery writer Chris Nickson – 20th & 21st September 2014
New Heroic Fantasy with Adrian Tchaikovsky – 4th & 5th October 2014
Modern Romance with author and journalist Katy Regan – 18th & 19th October
For prices, bookings and more details, please visit or call Joanna on 01539 821513

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BBC Writersroom Workshop

Have you got what it takes to create online content? Think you can take the digital world by storm? FUTURE TALENT is your chance to create your very own original online drama or comedy pilot – and you can find out all about it at this free workshop led by Henry R Swindell (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom).
The session will take place at mac birmingham on 18 June from 7-8.30pm.

Book a free place at

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Collaborative Writing Workshop offered by Birmingham Writers’ Group

On Saturday 7 June between 14:00 and 16:00 you are invited to join a writing workshop at the Library of Birmingham.
Birmingham Writers Group members Heide Goody and Iain Grant will be running a Collaborative Writing Workshop.

Heide and Iain have written novels together for around three years and they have worked out lots of ways to have a fun time being creative in a team.
Even if you don’t want to write with someone else, you’ll get a creative boost from this lively workshop.

There is a nominal charge of £3 for the library to cover its costs.
Details here:

This is one of three events that Birmingham Writers’ Group is running at the Library of Birmingham as part of its Images Season.
We’ll keep you posted about the others as soon as they are available to view on the library’s own website.

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10.00 – 4.00
Bank Road, Little Witley, Worcs.
Tutors: Sue Johnson & Heather King
Cost: £40
(includes tea, coffee & cake)
Please bring a packed lunch (kitchen facilities available)
For further details and to book a place, contact:
Heather King on 01886 888518 or Sue Johnson on 01386 446477

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Local poetry events

The following list of events has been sent to us by Jacqui Rowe of Flarestack Poets:

I’m very pleased by how popular my workshops at the Barber Institute have become. Booking is essential (see below for details)

1.30 – 4PM
Be inspired by the seascapes in our galleries and explore personal maps and journeys and write about the sea in its many forms…

1.30 – 4PM
Embark on a treasure hunt for the hidden and unexpected artworks around the University of Birmingham campus! Be inspired in your writing by this diverse and eclectic range of sculpture, both inside and out, including works in the Barber Institute and the Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art.
Please bring suitable footwear for walking, and protection against bad weather.
This workshop,

1.30 – 4PM
In response to our Lasting Impressions exhibitions, this workshop looks at how we describe people and create characters. Explore these ideas and have the opportunity to write a dialogue by pairing two disparate portraits.
This workshop, led by Barber Write in Residence Jacqui Rowe, is suitable for writers of prose or poetry, at all levels of experience.

£6; £4 concessions & students per workshop. Limited spaces available – booking essential. To book, contact 0121 414 2261 or

POETRY BITES 7.30 pm 27th MAY
Guest poets for Poetry Bites in May are Roy Marshall and James Sheard. Floor spots are also available for you to share your own work with a supportive and appreciative audience. Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA (entry through Fletcher’s, a few yards up the road). To book a floor spot contact or arrive before 7.15 pm on the night. £5 (£4 concs) inc readers. Poetry bites receives no public funding so a fee is charged to cover room hire and to contribute to guests’ expenses.

Flarestack Poets press, publisher of the year 2013 at the Michael Marks Awards and twice publisher of the Michael Marks pamphlet of the year is open for submissions until 31st May. For details see

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Free TV writing workshop at mac birmingham on 28 April 2014

TV writing and feedback workshop

Playwright, TV screenwriter and Creative Space member Jon Barton will be hosting these open to all sessions for IdeasTap writer members.

Topics and exercises covered will include pitching, giving and receiving feedback, coping with rejection and discussing TV formats.

The session takes place at mac birmingham at 2-4pm or alternatively 4.30-6.30pm on 28 April. Free tickets can be booked at


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Blackshaw’s FREE New Writing Surgery (London)

New Writing Surgery
Do you want to write but struggle to motivate yourself to start?
Are you a writer looking for a helping hand or feedback?
Do you just want to learn more about the process of writing?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then come along to Blackshaw’s FREE New Writing Surgery presented as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival + Fringe.
Please let us know you’d like to attend by emailing
Saturday 17th May, 4.30pm to 6pm
Upstairs@The Selkirk, 60 Selkirk Road, Tooting, SW17 0ES

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Friday 9 May – An evening with Samantha Hayes, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham 7pm

Meet Samantha Hayes, bestselling author of Until You’re Mine, which was chosen as this year’s Birmingham Big City Read.  Samantha will be reflecting on the Big City Read and introducing her gripping new psychological suspense novel Before You Die.

About Before you Die:

It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.

Is history about to repeat itself?

DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.

Are the recent deaths suicide – or murder?

And is the nightmare beginning again?

Tickets £5 available from the Box –

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World Book Night event at Library of Birmingham (Studio Theatre) 23rd April 7pm

Join the Library of Birmingham to celebrate World Book Night.  Authors Adele Parks, Matt Haig, Jane Fallon and Ben Aaronovitch will be joining us for a very special event.

The authors, whose books all appear on this year’s World Book Night title list, will be taking part in a special panel event in the Studio Theatre.  The event starts at 7pm.  Tickets are free and are available at Everyone who attends will get a free World Book Night book!

At 5.30 – 6.15, the authors will be doing pop-up book clubs in the Library.  These are not ticketed and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

There are lots of other things going on in the library during the day.  See for more details.

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