Friday, 18 of April 2014

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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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Birmingham Independent Book Fair

Birmingham Independent Book Fair will take place on Saturday 12th April

Browse, buy and discover new books, many of which are not available on the high street.

This day-long event will feature independent publishers from the West Midlands and beyond, offering you the chance to buy books directly from the publishers, who will be on hand to answer questions and introduce you to new writing. From poetry pamphlets to prose fiction, graphic novels to science fiction and fantasy, a wide range of forms and genres will be represented.

The fair is free and all are welcome!

11:00am – 5:00pm

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Birmingham B1 2HS

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Poem in your Pocket

‘Come to a reading of popular stress-busting poems by a team of trained readers from the Hearth Centre’s resoundingly successful Speaking Out project with Time To Change.


Open mic: bring your own Poem in Your Pocket, or track one down on the night using our resources.

You can read your own poem or a member of Hearth’s team will share your poem with the audience in the second half of the evening.


The evening will also provide a fantastic friendly space and the chance to talk, sharing and learning about mental health, good and bad, in our society today.


In the Hexagon theatre at the Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Wednesday 2nd April 7:30pm start

Tickets £5 or £2 concession

Box office: 0121 446 3232

Facebook event:


A Hearth Centre event funded by Time to Change’

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Poetry launch with readings in Birmingham

From Emma Wright:

I run the Emma Press, an independent poetry publisher based in Reading. We have just published an amazing new collection of poems about motherhood, The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood and we are very excited to be launching it around the country this month.

On Sunday 16th March we will be coming to Birmingham for an afternoon launch event in the Church Street branch of the Urban Coffee Company. There will be readings from three poets from the book, including local poetry superstar Liz Berry.

The Facebook event is here:

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Around the World in 80 Books at the Library of Birmingham 29th March 2014

This is a readers’ day, running from 9.30-4.30 and features Girl With a Pearl Earring superstar Tracy Chevalier, and Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller Beatrice Colin, along with a feast of other exciting writers and reading from across the world.

It’s a day full of talks and workshops and goodybags!

Tickets are £15 and are available from

Tel: 0121 245 4455


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Event at Kings Heath Library

Recently published book The Sea in Birmingham celebrates 30 years of the influential Tindal Street Fiction Group

Contributors Sibyl Ruth, Polly Wright and James Goodwin will be at Kings Heath Library on

Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm

to read, talk about their work and discuss writing groups.


This is a free event. Doors open at 7.15pm


Kings Heath Library, High Street, Kings Heath,  Birmingham B14 7SW

0121 464 1515

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Free short course at Nottingham university – How to read… a mind

How do we read and model fictional minds? Introducing cognitive poetics: the application of cognitive science to literary reading.

About the course:

This course offers an introduction to what has come to be known as cognitive poetics. Taking our best current knowledge of how our minds and language work, this course takes you through key questions of literature and reading: why do we feel anything for fictional characters? Why do we get angry, moved, irritated, annoyed or sentimental about imaginary people in imagined worlds? Why do the lives of imaginary minds living in fictional bodies seem to matter so much to readers? The answers to these questions are surprising and empowering.

‘How to read…a mind’ is the first in a series of ‘how to read…’ courses which will be presented by applied linguists, discourse analysts and literary critics at The University of Nottingham.

In advance of the course starting you can join the conversation using #FLread

Starts on 17th March 2014


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Leamington event

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A Literary Event of Some Kind is an unorthodox evening of entertainments, readings and writings for readers, writers, and drinkers.

Guest author, short story specialist Alan Beard, reads and chats and answers
questions. There’s bits of book-based video. There’s a chance for you to do
some writing, and drinking-based encouragement to stick around to hear the
results. There’s the world premiere of Speech Karaoke! And all for just £3.

So. If you’re into writing, reading, writers, talking, speech karaoke, books, pieces of paper, booze, and being near canoe clubs, this is the event for you.

Doors 7pm, ALEOSK 8pm. Fri Nov 22, Leamington LAMP, Riverside, Adelaide Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AH.

Bring some paper and a writing implement.

Tickets are available here:,
and there’s a Facebook event page here:

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Pitch your novel at Foyles’ Discovery Day 16th October

After the success of last year’s Discovery Day, aspiring novelists are once again being offered the chance to pitch their ideas directly to agents during the second Discovery Day at Foyles Charing Cross Road

It’s a free event, but you must book a place.


Curtis Brown:



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