All events - Book to the Future 2016

Events

Writer's Block: Friend or Foe

Writer's Block: Friend or Foe
Date
13/10/2016 (11:00-12:00)
Description
In this session, led by writer and University of Birmingham lecturer Dr Gulara Vincent, you will have a chance to get to know your writer's block more intimately.

Literary Visualisations

Literary Visualisations
Date
13/10/2016 (11:30-13:00)
Description
In a first for Book to the Future, this exciting event will screen student films from the 2015-16 academic year.

Law in the Time of Cholera: Resolving the Dispute between Haiti and the United Nations

Law in the Time of Cholera: Resolving the Dispute between Haiti and the United Nations
Date
13/10/2016 (12:00-13:00)
Description
Dr Rosa Freedman, Senior Lecturer in the Birmingham Law School, will reprise her popular talk from this year's Hay Festival exclusively for Book to the Future.

Professor Alice Roberts: The genius of Vesalius

Professor Alice Roberts: The genius of Vesalius
Date
13/10/2016 (13:00-14:00)
Description
Join anatomist, author, broadcaster and the University of Birmingham's Professor of Public Engagement in Science, Alice Roberts, to celebrate the opening of the new University Library's Inspiring Knowledge exhibition.

This talk will make you productive

This talk will make you productive
Date
13/10/2016 (14:00-15:00)
Description
Join alumna, freelance journalist, editor and author, Jo Usmar for this light-hearted look at making the most of your time.

How to freelance in the creative industries

How to freelance in the creative industries
Date
13/10/2016 (16:00-17:00)
Description
Join alumna Liz Seabrook, photographer and lifestyle editor at Oh Comely magazine, as she shares her experience of working in creative industries and tips for pursuing freelance careers in the media.

A love affair to Birmingham

A love affair to Birmingham
Date
13/10/2016 (16:30-17:30)
Description
Book to the Future is delighted to present alumna and author Clare Morrall, whose first novel Astonishing Splashes of Colour was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Anne Frank: Life, Diary, Legacy

Anne Frank: Life, Diary, Legacy
Date
13/10/2016 (17:00-18:00)
Description
History alumna Jemma Saunders will talk about her biography of Anne Frank and the relevance of Anne's story in the 21st Century.

Ben Norris – poetry and spoken word performance

Ben Norris – poetry and spoken word performance
Date
13/10/2016 (17:30-18:30)
Description
Spoken-word performance from UK All-Star Poetry Slam champion Ben Norris!

How to self-publish and market your book

How to self-publish and market your book
Date
13/10/2016 (18:30-19:30)
Description
Find out how to market your book with local authors and alumni Katharine D'Souza and Simon Fairbanks.

Barber Big Draw workshop: THE THING IS...

Barber Big Draw workshop: THE THING IS...
Date
14/10/2016 (10:00-13:30)
Description
Work with visual artist Tom Jones and writer Jacqui Rowe to create your own original piece, combining images and text.

The calm after the storm – maintaining momentum when the excitement is over

The calm after the storm – maintaining momentum when the excitement is over
Date
14/10/2016 (11:00-12:00)
Description
This is a session for those who really, really want to start their writing again but... (and there always is a but!)

Why not try writing non-fiction?

Why not try writing non-fiction?
Date
14/10/2016 (13:00-14:00)
Description
Helen Barrell will explain how a background in writing fiction and poetry might mean you also have the tools to get into print as a non-fiction author.

Oh brave new world – re-imagining Shakespeare for a digital age

Oh brave new world – re-imagining Shakespeare for a digital age
Date
14/10/2016 (14:00-15:00)
Description
A discussion about recent adaptations of Shakespeare that have looked to new technologies for inspiration.

The woman who went to war with Shakespeare

The woman who went to war with Shakespeare
Date
14/10/2016 (15:00-16:00)
Description
Dr Chris Laoutaris will draw from his book 'Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe'.

Macbeth, Macbeth: an illustrated reading

Macbeth, Macbeth: an illustrated reading
Date
14/10/2016 (16:00-17:00)
Description
An unprecedented collaboration between leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare's darkest play.

Fiction 4 Empathy

Fiction 4 Empathy
Date
14/10/2016 (17:00-18:00)
Description
This event will explore the complicated but important relationship between fiction and empathy.

Book to the Future presents: Holding Baby

Book to the Future presents: Holding Baby
Date
14/10/2016 (19:30-21:30)
Description
Holding Baby is a new play, written by alumna and former Birmingham Poet Laureate Jan Watts..

How to get published

How to get published
Date
15/10/2016 (11:00-12:00)
Description
Dr Roshan Doug, former Birmingham Poet Laureate, BBC critic, and freelance journalist will read excerpts from his latest collection and give advice on how to get your work published.

Digital culture for digital people

Digital culture for digital people
Date
15/10/2016 (12:00-13:00)
Description
Dr Matt Hayler will look at three examples from digital media, digital culture, and the physical body in a digital world in order to think about what might have changed, by how much, why digitisation changed it, and why we might care.

Book to the Future presents: Holding Baby

Book to the Future presents: Holding Baby
Date
15/10/2016 (14:00-16:00)
Description
Holding Baby is a new play, written by alumna and former Birmingham Poet Laureate Jan Watts..

Into the narrows

Into the narrows
Date
15/10/2016 (14:00-15:00)
Description
Local fantasy author and alumnus James Brogden talks about his writing.

Judging a book by its cover

Judging a book by its cover
Date
15/10/2016 (15:15-16:00)
Description
This interactive session will examine the importance of good cover design for books.

Translating contemporary French poetry

Translating contemporary French poetry
Date
15/10/2016 (16:00-17:30)
Description
Readings of poems and their translations, and an interactive exploration of the pleasures and challenges in translating work by living writers.

All in the Line of Duty - Jed Mercurio

All in the Line of Duty - Jed Mercurio
Date
15/10/2016 (17:30-18:30)
Description
Jed Mercurio, creator of the award-winning BBC drama Line of Duty and critically acclaimed series Bodies and Cardiac Arrest, will give Book to the Future attendees an exclusive insight into the intricacies of screenwriting.

Library Instameet

Library Instameet
Date
16/10/2016 (10:30-12:00)
Description
Join @IGersBirmingham at the newly opened University of Birmingham Library for an exclusive tour and instameet of the new state-of-the-art facilities and striking contemporary architecture.