Book to the Future

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Book to the Future was the University of Birmingham’s first festival of the written and spoken word. We were delighted to be able to bring you a packed programme of workshops, lectures, readings and question and answer sessions featuring our own academic, student and alumni talent as well as an exciting range of well known authors, poets, playwrights and storytellers.

Running from Thursday 24 October to Tuesday 29 October 2013, the festival featured a range of topics from poetry to publishing, comic books to crime, science fiction to Charles Dickens and even the Battle of Bosworth to the Book of the Dead.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Alumni Impact Fund and the University’s College of Arts and Law, we were able to bring most of this fantastic programme of events to you free of charge.

Coming soon - Book to the Future 2014 (14-18 October)

The full programme of events for Book to the Future 2014 (14-18 October) will be announced here shortly.

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Supported by venuebirmingham

supported by venuebirmingham

Video recordings of events

Jamie McKendrick - poetry reading
Danielle Fuller - 'Citizen Reader' Richard House - 'The Kills'
Ewan Fernie - 'Teaching Shakespeare' Jo Usmar - 'Being a Cosmo columnist and other stories'
Carl Chinn - 'Birmingham, the Great Working City'  

Event reviews

Charlie Hill - 'Books: Read it and Die!'
Jo Usmar - 'Being a Cosmo columnist and other stories'
Lisa Downing - 'The Subject of Murder'
Dr Kay Williams - 'The Colourful History of Textiles' UniSlam!
Richard House - 'The Kills'
Jamie McKendrick - poetry reading
Tony Robinson - 'Weird World of Wonders' [UoB Blogfest] and [Redbrick] Alexander Lee - 'The Ugly Renaissance'

Thursday 24 Oct 2013

Thursday 24 October

The colourful history of textiles, a world history of libraries, Chris Collett, Jamie McKendrick, Charlie Hill and Doggerland

Friday 25 Oct 2013

Friday 25 October

Tony Robinson, Carl Chinn, the letters of Paul Cezanne, David Lodge, the Vernon Manuscript, Richard House and The Kills

Saturday 26 Oct 2013

Saturday 26 October

Being a Cosmo columnist, The Ugly Renaissance, Chris Skidmore's Battle of Bosworth and Productivity for Creative Writers

Sunday 27 Oct 2013

Sunday 27 October

World records, Park Life, self publishing, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Shakespearean costume workshop, the story of letter writing and poetry slams

Monday 28 Oct 2013

Monday 28 October

Text in visual art, teaching Shakespeare, 5 ways comics can help you work and study, phenomenal women and the Beiderbecke Affair

Tuesday 29 Oct 2013

Tuesday 29 October

Annamation's storywalk, writing workshops, Robin Hobb, Deborah Alun-Jones, Gaynor Arnold, the Codex Sinaiticus, the Sceptre Press and the Subject of Murder