Birmingham Lit Fest Presents….

The Birmingham Literature Festival Podcast - Welcome to the very first Birmingham Literature Festival podcast, bringing writers and readers together to discuss some of 2020’s best books. Each Thursday we’ll be releasing new episodes of the podcast, including wonderful discussions about writing, poetry, big ideas and social issues. Join us each week for exciting and inspiring conversations with new, and familiar, writers from the Midlands and beyond.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 34m. Bisher sind 27 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 12 hours


episode 2: February, Abda Khan

A year after the last full month of ‘normality’ for us all in February 2020, novelist and lawyer Abda Khan reflects on how a year of Covid-19 restrictions has impacted her and how much our lives have changed in hundreds of ways, from the major to the insi


 2021-05-04  4m

episode 3: March, Michael Amherst

This month, author Michael Amherst writes movingly about the death of his mother and losing her to cancer during a pandemic year. In a year when illness and death has been so much on all our minds, and spoken of daily all around us, Michael's thoughts on


 2021-05-04  5m

episode 1: January, Thomas Glave

This month’s piece is written by Thomas Glave, a Birmingham based writer and professor from Binghamton University in Upstate New York. He takes us on a walk amongst the silence of New Street’s squares and parks, finding birds and greenery in unexpected pl


 2021-05-04  7m

episode 13: Elisa Shua Dusapin and Aneesa Abbas Higgins in Conversation with Dr Sandra van Lente

In this podcast, we’re joined by novelist Elisa Shua Dusapin, whose debut novel Winter in Sokcho was translated and published in the UK this year. In conversation with Dr Sandra van Lente and joined by her translator Aneesa Abbas Higgins, they discuss sha


 2020-12-17  24m

episode 12: Mandy Ross and Abda Khan in Conversation with Roz Goddard

Today’s episode brings together 3 Midlands women, authors Mandy Ross, Abda Khan and Roz Goddard, in conversation about the importance of literature in creating connections and fostering empathy. As members of interfaith organisation Nisa Nashim, Mandy and


 2020-12-10  38m

episode 11: Elle McNicoll in conversation with Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold

In today’s podcast, we welcome debut author Elle McNicoll in conversation with Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold about her first novel A Kind of Spark. Join Elle and Melanie as they discuss the importance of representing neurodiversity in children’s fiction, in


 2020-12-03  32m

episode 10: Cold War Steve in Conversation with Kit de Waal

This week’s guest is Birmingham’s own artist and political commentator Cold War Steve. In this week’s episode, Steve talks to writer Kit de Waal about the ways his work tells the story of Birmingham and the Midlands, the power of art call out fascism and


 2020-11-26  31m

episode 9: Sarah Moss and Megan Hunter in Conversation with Olivia Chapman

In this week’s episode, authors Sarah Moss and Megan Hunter join Writing West Midlands’ own Olivia Chapman to discuss their latest novels Summerwater and The Harpy. In this podcast, they discuss writing about relationships, creating unnerving fiction and


 2020-11-19  35m

episode 8: Lynn Enright and Natalie Fiennes in Conversation with Shantel Edwards

This week’s episode brings together journalists Natalie Fiennes and Lynn Enright to discuss their books, Behind Closed Doors: Sex Education Transformed and Vagina: A Re-education. In conversation with Birmingham Literature Festival director Shantel Edwar


 2020-11-12  36m

episode 7: Sam Baker in Conversation with Kate Spicer

In today’s episode, journalist and author Sam Baker talks to fellow writer Kate Spicer about her latest book The Shift. Join Sam and Kate as they discuss the cultural silence around menopause, the invisibility of women past child-bearing age and the free


 2020-11-09  41m