All events - Book to the Future 2014

Events

Black History Month poetry trail

Black History Month poetry trail
Date
14 - 18/10/2014
Description
Embark on an inspirational trail of poetry around the beautiful University of Birmingham campus.

Shakespeare Unbard

Shakespeare Unbard
Date
14/10/2014
Description
Explore how societies over time have celebrated Shakespeare and his relevance to individuals and communities today.

Timelines-Rewriting History

Timelines-Rewriting History
Date
14/10/2014
Description
Explore ways of writing about history, as depicted and recorded in the Barber collections with Jacqui Rowe.

Shakespeare and the idea of national theatre

Shakespeare and the idea of national theatre
Date
14/10/2014
Description
Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute and Professor of Shakespeare Studies, delivers his inaugural lecture.

Tasmina Perry

Tasmina Perry
Date
14/10/2014
Description
Tasmina 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

Anthologies to apps: changing modes of study
Date
14/10/2014
Description
Owing 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

The timeline of novel writing
Date
15/10/2014
Description
Novelist 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

A 21st century odyssey
Date
15/10/2014
Description
Workshop session with writer, Elisabeth Charis, where you will create a 'retelling' based on an extract from The Odyssey.

Let your writing flow

Let your writing flow
Date
15/10/2014
Description
Have 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

How to write a novel very quickly
Date
15/10/2014
Description
More 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

Shakespeare on the road
Date
15/10/2014
Description
A 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

Adventures with time in fantasy, folktales and fairytales
Date
15/10/2014
Description
Dr 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

Phenomenal women
Date
15/10/2014
Description
The 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

How comics can help your studies and career
Date
16/10/2014
Description
Come and listen to UK comic book publisher (and University of Birmingham alumnus!) Neil Gibson.

Timeless fast foreign fiction

Timeless fast foreign fiction
Date
16/10/2014
Description
Discussing the appeal of contemporary European novellas published in English translation.

Part time and published

Part time and published
Date
16/10/2014
Description
Find out how to write a book and get published whilst juggling a full time job!

History in an hour

History in an hour
Date
16/10/2014
Description
Explore 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

New voices: new creative writing
Date
16/10/2014
Description
Discover the new voices of creative writing with Richard House and Luke Kennard.

Uncovering literature at the Barber

Uncovering literature at the Barber
Date
17/10/2014
Description
This guided tour of the gallery will explore the Barber collection through a literary lens, discussing the different ways literature has inspired and influenced artists.

Best European Fiction 2015 / How far can we read?

Best European Fiction 2015 / How far can we read?
Date
17/10/2014
Description
This forum will bring together the editor of Best European Fiction 2015, West Camel, the journalist Rosie Goldberg, and writer and translator Donal McLaughlin.

Performance poetry workshop

Performance poetry workshop
Date
17/10/2014
Description
Bohdan 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.

Local author / local stories

Local author / local stories
Date
17/10/2014
Description
Alumna 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

Self-publishing / marketing your book
Date
17/10/2014
Description
Find out how to market your book with local authors and alumni Katharine D'Souza and Simon Fairbanks.

The Sheriff

The Sheriff
Date
17/10/2014
Description
Simon Fairbanks, local author and alumnus, discusses the inspiration and experience of producing his first fantasy novel.

Spoken for the first time

Spoken for the first time
Date
17/10/2014
Description
Event performed by Professor Mike Robinson and Dr Josef Ploner and featuring an exhibition of postcards.

Crossing timelines

Crossing timelines
Date
18/10/2014
Description
Owing 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

Make the most of your time and stop procrastinating now
Date
18/10/2014
Description
Based 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

Sleepwalking to war? Britain in 1914 and 1939
Date
18/10/2014
Description
Marking 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

Ben Norris, UK all-stars poetry slam champion
Date
18/10/2014
Description
A 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

The Birmingham Revue of Books
Date
18/10/2014
Description
Passion 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.