All events - Book to the Future 2014 In 'Book to the Future' All events 2016Thursday 13 October 2016Friday 14 October 2016Saturday 15 October 2016Book to the Future Events Black History Month poetry trail Date14 - 18/10/2014DescriptionEmbark on an inspirational trail of poetry around the beautiful University of Birmingham campus. Shakespeare Unbard Date14/10/2014DescriptionExplore how societies over time have celebrated Shakespeare and his relevance to individuals and communities today. Timelines-Rewriting History Date14/10/2014DescriptionExplore ways of writing about history, as depicted and recorded in the Barber collections with Jacqui Rowe. Shakespeare and the idea of national theatre Date14/10/2014DescriptionProfessor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, delivers his inaugural lecture. Tasmina Perry Date14/10/2014DescriptionTasmina returns to campus to talk about studying Law, her adventures in magazine journalism and finding the right career to suit your skill set. Anthologies to apps: changing modes of study Date14/10/2014DescriptionOwing to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The event will be rearranged at a later date – TBC. The timeline of novel writing Date15/10/2014DescriptionNovelist and creative writing tutor Andrew Killeen takes you through the process of writing a novel, from idea to publication, in a talk which offers practical, realistic and humorous advice and insight to aspiring writers. A 21st century odyssey Date15/10/2014DescriptionWorkshop session with writer, Elisabeth Charis, where you will create a 'retelling' based on an extract from The Odyssey. Let your writing flow Date15/10/2014DescriptionHave you ever experienced a fear of a blank page or suffered from a writing block? Then this workshop is for you! How to write a novel very quickly Date15/10/2014DescriptionMore than half a million people wrote a novel in November 2013 during National Novel Writing Month. Find out how to become a novelist yourself, and make a pledge to write a novel in a month! Shakespeare on the road Date15/10/2014DescriptionA two-month long, 10,000-mile journey through North America, sharing images, voices and stories of Shakespeare in contemporary American culture. Adventures with time in fantasy, folktales and fairytales Date15/10/2014DescriptionDr Philippa Semper, Lecturer in Medieval English at the University, gives an introduction to adventures with time through readings from fantasy stories, folktales and fairytales. Phenomenal women Date15/10/2014DescriptionThe Phenomenal Women invite female writers of any age, ethnicity and writing experience to join them on stage performing their works. How comics can help your studies and career Date16/10/2014DescriptionCome and listen to UK comic book publisher (and University of Birmingham alumnus!) Neil Gibson. Timeless fast foreign fiction Date16/10/2014DescriptionDiscussing the appeal of contemporary European novellas published in English translation. Part time and published Date16/10/2014DescriptionFind out how to write a book and get published whilst juggling a full time job! History in an hour Date16/10/2014DescriptionExplore History in an Hour, with University of Birmingham alum and author Jemma Saunders, as she discusses the eBook series, in particular 'The Holocaust', which is her own contribution to the series. New voices: new creative writing Date16/10/2014DescriptionDiscover the new voices of creative writing with Richard House and Luke Kennard. Uncovering literature at the Barber Date17/10/2014DescriptionThis guided tour of the gallery will explore the Barber collection through a literary lens, discussing the different ways literature has inspired and influenced artists. Performance poetry workshop Date17/10/2014DescriptionBohdan Piasecki has taken his poems to venues ranging from the upstairs room in an Eastbourne pub to the main stage of the Birmingham Rep, from an underground Tokyo club to a tramway in Paris, from a bookshop in Beijing to an airfield in Germany. Best European Fiction 2015 / How far can we read? Date17/10/2014DescriptionThis forum will bring together the editor of Best European Fiction 2015, West Camel, the journalist Rosie Goldberg, and writer and translator Donal McLaughlin. Local author / local stories Date17/10/2014DescriptionAlumna and University staff member Katharine D'Souza will read from and talk about her novels Deeds Not Words and Park Life, both set in Birmigham. Self-publishing / marketing your book Date17/10/2014DescriptionFind out how to market your book with local authors and alumni Katharine D'Souza and Simon Fairbanks. Spoken for the first time Date17/10/2014DescriptionEvent performed by Professor Mike Robinson and Dr Josef Ploner and featuring an exhibition of postcards. The Sheriff Date17/10/2014DescriptionSimon Fairbanks, local author and alumnus, discusses the inspiration and experience of producing his first fantasy novel. Crossing timelines Date18/10/2014DescriptionOwing to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Make the most of your time and stop procrastinating now Date18/10/2014DescriptionBased on the strategies and techniques detailed in her self-help series, Jo Usmar (BA English, 2005), journalist and co-author of the This Book Will series will give you tips on making the most of your time and staying focused. Sleepwalking to war? Britain in 1914 and 1939 Date18/10/2014DescriptionMarking the WW1 Centenary Dr Jonathan Boff will compare preparations for both conflicts and argue that the lessons learned from the First were crucial to survival in the Second. Ben Norris, UK all-stars poetry slam champion Date18/10/2014DescriptionA poetry/spoken-word performance from alumnus Ben Norris, featuring poems read from his newly published pamphlet as well as Slam-style performance poetry The Birmingham Revue of Books Date18/10/2014DescriptionPassion for literature? Our creative writing student society, Writers' Bloc brings you the Birmingham Revue of Books, celebrating and appreciating literature in a light hearted evening of comedy, poetry, theatre, and music.