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.
Rosie Walsh: The Journey from UoB Graduate to New York Times Best Selling Author

Rosie Walsh: The Journey from UoB Graduate to New York Times Best Selling Author

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (12:00-13:00)
Description
Join Rosie Walsh as she shares her story from her time as an English Student at the University of Birmingham, right the way up to how she published five book and became a New York Times Bestseller.
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.

Richard House: How to find a Publishing Agent

Date
Friday 18 October 2019 (15:00-16:00)
Description
Richard House gives guidance and tips to assist you in getting your own writing published with a publishing house.
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.
Book to the Future hub

Book to the Future hub

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (10:00-16:00)
Description
Join us for drop in activities for adults and children.
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.
Birmingham's Food Bloggers: Blogging & Birmingham's Food Scene

Birmingham's Food Bloggers: Blogging & Birmingham's Food Scene

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (12:00-13:00)
Description
Jack Brabant, Co-founder and Director of Birmingham's famous street food event, Digbeth Dining Club, will lead a panel of some of Birmingham's most popular food bloggers.
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.
How to Write Bestsellers: The Sunday Times Best Selling Author Tasmina Perry.

How to Write Bestsellers: The Sunday Times Best Selling Author Tasmina Perry.

Date
Saturday 19 October 2019 (13:00-14:00)
Description
Author Tasmina Perry discusses how to write a bestselling novel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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