Birmingham Book Festival launches today
The Birmingham Book Festival is back for 2012 with an exciting 10 day programme of acclaimed writers, award-winning poets, exceptional performance, and digital innovation.
For its 14th year the festival welcomes a range of prestigious writers including Scottish Makar (national poet) Liz Lochead, Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage, Patrick Gale, David Edgar, Femi Oyebode, Tiffany Murray, Peter F Hamilton, Caitlin Moran and Stuart Maconie.
New for 2012 is an innovative interactive transmedia installation that allows visitors to influence the outcome of a story that will run throughout the duration of the Festival. Featuring new writing from West Midlands writers Mez Packer and Rochi Rampal, Reliable Witness is a unique literature experience that exploits modern technology to weave an unforgettable tale.
New performance piece Being Human (6 October, 8-9.30pm, Custard Factory Theatre) is sure to be one of this year’s best poetry experiences. The dramatic performance is directed by Interplay’s Steve Byrne and performed by Barrett Robertson, Benedict Hastings and Elinor Middleton and charts the drama of our lives through a selection of thoughtful and passionate poems that will touch the heart, stir the mind and fire the spirit. Audiences from the sell out shows in June have described it as ‘...an amazing theatrical experience’ and ‘absolutely stunning’.
Budding writers are given the chance to develop their style with a range of workshops on subjects from short plays to short stories, poetry, scent association and researching non-fiction. A fringe festival will run alongside the main programme (in partnership with Birmingham Libraries) giving visitors the opportunity to experience a whole host of literary events to suit all tastes and ages free of charge.
From discovering more about Science-fiction with multi-million selling authors (Discovering Alternative Genres, 8th October), hearing about writing under the persecution of Gaddafi’s regime in Libya (The New Libya, 8th October), being taken on an epic journey through modern European literature (12th October) or hearing the best new storytellers the region has to offer this year’s Birmingham Book Festival will be pushing the boundaries of literature to offer a diverse and exhilarating 10 days.