Logo for Book to the Future - a bookshelf including the University of Birminghams' clock tower in the middle

Literary festival returns to the University of Birmingham featuring top talent from the region & alumni authors Friday 19 & Saturday 20 October

The University of Birmingham’s annual festival of the written and spoken word returns to campus with a range of over 20 free workshops, panels, performances and author talks celebrating literary expressions of Birmingham, beauty, body positivity and multiculturalism.

The 2018 ‘Book to the Future’ festival includes a panel of professional bloggers sharing their stories and successes. It will include Instagram-idol-turned- bestselling-author Alice Liveing. A UOB graduate, Alice has recently become an ambassador for Woman’s Aid and is a health and wellbeing influencer. She is joined by UOB graduate, Hannah Witton, blogger, YouTuber, author and social media guru. Her content explores sex and relationships, health and body image.

Other Festival highlights include:

  • Birmingham academic Professor Heather Widdows unpacks beauty ideals and the pressure to conform, following her latest book ‘Perfect Me’
  • Award-winning poet and UPB academic Dr Luke Kennard will lead an afternoon of poetry readings
  • Highly acclaimed author Valeria Vescina discusses her debut novel That Summer in Puglia and her experiences with publishing
  • Probing panels examine crucial themes like Decolonising the Curriculum and Diversity in Publishing
  • A guided tour of the ‘Drawn to Books’ exhibition at Winterbourne House and Garden, featuring the work of fin de siècle female illustrators from Birmingham School

Full listings of all Book to the Future events can be found on the festival website.

All events are free to attend, but booking is essential. To book a place at any of these events, visit the website or email Lorna Darknell.

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