Book to the Future 2019

Book to the future logoThe University of Birmingham's annual festival of the written and spoken word returns to campus on 18-19 October 2019, featuring an exciting programme of free workshops, panel discussions, performances and author talks. 

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18-19 October 2019

But I don't have time to write!

But I don't have time to write!

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (10:00-11:00)
Description
Simon Fairbanks: "But I don't have time to write!"
Me and my best friend anorexia

Me and my best friend anorexia

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (11:00-12:00)
Description
Hope Virgo discusses how writing can help with mental health recovery.
Heroines, heroes and gender inequality in children's fiction

Heroines, heroes and gender inequality in children's fiction

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (12:00-13:00)
Description
A talk on fictional worlds and role models, and the gender inequality within them.
Insight into the Creative Arts Industry

Insight into the Creative Arts Industry

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (12:00-13:30)
Description
A workshop giving professional insight into the Creative Arts Industry, with tips and tricks on how to break into the industry.
How to self-publish

How to self-publish

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (13:30-14:45)
Description
Simon Fairbanks explains self publishing.
Writing female rage: before and after #MeToo

Writing female rage: before and after #MeToo

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (14:00-15:00)
Description
Katie Lowe discusses the development and publication of her debut novel, while also exploring contemporary writers that us female rage as their subject, both before, and after #MeToo.
Creative career coaching: harnessing creative approaches to support career development, an interactive session

Creative career coaching: harnessing creative approaches to support career development, an interactive session

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (14:30-15:30)
Description
An interactive session with Ciara Bomford on harnessing creative approaches to support career development.
Invincible ideas

Invincible ideas

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (16:00-17:00)
Description
A workshop on how to overcome creative anxiety and develop productive procrastination.
The return of race science

The return of race science

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (17:30-19:00)
Description
Angela Saini discussed the origins of race and its consequences followed by an 'in-conversation' session with University of Birmingham's Dr Dina Kiwan.
Storytelling in the Galleries - Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Storytelling in the Galleries - Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (10:00-11:30)
Description
Spend an exciting session with storyteller Anna O'Brian at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
Storytelling about 'other' cultures

Storytelling about 'other' cultures

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (11:00-12:00)
Description
Ruth Gilligan discusses storytelling as a means of transcultural understanding.
Everyday activism: harnessing anger for change

Everyday activism: harnessing anger for change

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (13:00-14:00)
Description
This event will aim to break down what 'activism' is today, and why it is so crucial that we expand its presumed definition.
The quiet power of fiction

The quiet power of fiction

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (14:00-15:00)
Description
Clare Morrall discusses how she challenges preconceptions in her novels.
The pen is mightier than the sword

The pen is mightier than the sword

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (15:00-16:00)
Description
A panel on why writing for change is more important now than ever.
Indie press poetry showcase

Indie press poetry showcase

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (15:00-17:00)
Description
Join us to celebrate the vibrant local and national independent poetry publishing scene.
Why poetry matters in our world more than ever before

Why poetry matters in our world more than ever before

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (16:00-17:00)
Description
Poet and academic, Roshan Doug, discusses the story of poetry by shifting his focus from one culture to another - from the past to the present - to show the enduring powers of this form.
Hannah Witton: The Hormone Diaries… and More!

Hannah Witton: The Hormone Diaries… and More!

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (17:00-18:00)
Description
Hannah Witton discusses her new book, The Hormone diaries: The Bloody Truth About Our Periods. She will also make time to address any other burning questions you might have.
From Brum to Bakes

From Brum to Bakes

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (18:00-19:00)
Description
University of Birmingham Alumna, Candice Brown, returns to her alma mater to discuss her road from "Brum to Bakes".

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