Book to the Future 2018

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.

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19-20 October 2018

Fearful and Wonderful: Alfred Swaine Taylor and 19th Century Forensic Science

Fearful and Wonderful: Alfred Swaine Taylor and 19th Century Forensic Science

Date
Friday 19 October 2018 (11:00-12:00)
Description
In this talk in the Cadbury Research Library, discover the cases, both well-known and obscure, of leading 19th century forensic scientist Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806-1880). The talk is led by Helen Barrell, the author of Alfred's first full-length biography.
How to Self-Publish

How to Self-Publish

Date
Friday 19 October 2018 (12:00-13:00)
Description
Simon Fairbanks explains how you can self-publish your own novel in both paperback and electronic formats, and instantly start profiting from your writing.
The Baskerville Font and Birmingham Printers

The Baskerville Font and Birmingham Printers

Date
Friday 19 October 2018 (13:00-14:00)
Description
*Fully booked* Join Martin Killeen, Head of Rare Books and Special Collections Engagement at the Cadbury Research Library, to discover the archives on John Baskerville (1706 – 1775), who designed and produced one of the world's most admired and celebrated type faces.
The Pre-Raphaelites and Science: Talk from Professor John Holmes

The Pre-Raphaelites and Science: Talk from Professor John Holmes

Date
Friday 19 October 2018 (14:00-15:00)
Description
Join Professor John Holmes for a fascinating talk on the Pre-Raphaelites and their relationship with Science.
Talk from Nic Cheeseman: The Threat to Democracy, and How to Save It

Talk from Nic Cheeseman: The Threat to Democracy, and How to Save It

Date
Friday 19 October 2018 (15:15-16:15)
Description
Democracy is under threat. Hear Professor Nic Cheeseman, who has has spent the last decade watching the struggle for democracy first-hand, explain why democracy is in decline, and what can be done about it.
Diversity in Publishing panel

Diversity in Publishing panel

Date
Friday 19 October 2018 (16:30-17:30)
Description
An expert panel discuss Diversity in Publishing, discussed by Samantha Lyster, Mireille Harper Iram Satti, Obinna Chukwu, Andrew Isabirye. All UOB graduates, they will be sharing their stories, advice, and discussing the need for diversity and inclusion for all in the industry.
Creative Writing Workshop: Learning How to Breathe

Creative Writing Workshop: Learning How to Breathe

Date
Friday 19 October 2018 (17:00-19:00)
Description
A poetry workshop with Robert Harper and Writers Bloc Society that looks at how breath plays a vital part in delivering your poem to the reader via the page.
Blogging Panel with Alice Liveing, Hannah Witton and Emma Conway

Blogging Panel with Alice Liveing, Hannah Witton and Emma Conway

Date
Friday 19 October 2018 (18:00-19:30)
Description
*Fully booked* Blogging sensations Alice Liveing, Hannah Witton and Emma Conway will be sharing their stories, successes and tips on our blogging panel. If you want to hear from the best in blogging, you can't miss this.
Black Country Type: Photo Walking Tour

Black Country Type: Photo Walking Tour

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (10:30-12:30)
Description
Tom Hicks, the artist behind @BlackCountryType, the popular instagram account that posts images of typefaces in Birmingham and surrounding areas, leads a walking tour. Bring along a camera or camera phone.
Romance in the 21st Century

Romance in the 21st Century

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (10:45-11:45)
Description
Deborah Longworth leads a discussion on how popular Romance fiction, like the prolific Mills and Boon, has developed in the modern day.
A Uniquely Portable Magic: Live Art Installation

A Uniquely Portable Magic: Live Art Installation

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (11:00-14:00)
Description
Live Art Society at the University of Birmingham presents - "A Uniquely Portable Magic", an installation fusing theatre, photography, art and writing to create a walk-through wonderland about the magic of reading and novels. In aid of the charity United through Reading.
Decolonising the Curriculum Panel

Decolonising the Curriculum Panel

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (13:00-14:30)
Description
Join panellists that work or study at the University of Birmingham for an exploration of why and how we go about decolonising the curriculum, and hear their own experiences. Lily Gibbs will chair the panel, and is joined by Yasmina Nuny, Paul Jackson, Rhianna Kerr, Jovia Salifu and Daniel Stone.
Creative Writing Workshop with Jacqui Rowe

Creative Writing Workshop with Jacqui Rowe

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (13:30-16:00)
Description
Explore what Birmingham means to you in this creative writing session with Jacqui Rowe at the Barber Institute.
Spoken Word Hour

Spoken Word Hour

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (15:00-16:00)
Description
Sensational spoken word from the best of Birmingham's poets, including Nyanda Foday, Birmingham's 11th Young Poet Laureate and acclaimed author and UOB academic Luke Kennard.
Drawn to Books: Exhibition tour at Winterbourne House and Gardens

Drawn to Books: Exhibition tour at Winterbourne House and Gardens

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (15:15-16:15)
Description
*Fully booked* Join us at the beautiful Winterbourne House and Garden for a talk and tour of their current exhibition.
Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in a Writer's Practice

Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in a Writer's Practice

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (16:00-17:00)
Description
University alumna Valeria Vescina delivers a talk on Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, based on her critically acclaimed debut novel That Summer in Puglia, followed by a question and answer session.
A Duty to be Beautiful?

A Duty to be Beautiful?

Date
Saturday 20 October 2018 (17:30-18:30)
Description
Have you ever felt a pressure to be beautiful? Ever wondered why beauty is valued so highly in today's society? Professor Heather Widdows unpacks beauty standards and the pressure to conform, following the release of her illuminating book 'Perfect Me'.

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