This week it was announced by Waterstones booksellers in Birmingham that they are to host a poetry and spoken word festival next month, the first of its kind for the city.
The event will be called the Verve and will run between 16th and 19th February featuring poets, spoken word masterclasses, poetry slams, children’s poetry and storytelling events with tickets now available as festival passes or individual event tickets.
Manager of Waterstones Birmingham said of the event “The Verve is aiming to reflect the city, urban, confident, diverse and full of energy” and reassures fans that the programme for the festival will reflect the very best poetry currently being performed and written in the UK.
Birmingham has never had a poetry festival, this in itself seems impossible but it’s the claim by the organisers of the Verve Festival. It’s not yet been announced whether this will be a yearly event, but the first festival is promising to be exciting and vibrant.
Guests at the Verve Festival will include, PBS New Generation poet Daljit Nagra, winner of the 2015 Forward prize for Best First Collection, Mona Arshi, and 2016 Costa Book Prize shortlisted Melissa Lee-Houghton.
Waterstones is selling tickets for the events now with festival passes at £35/£25 or tickets for individual events priced between £4-£6. Workshop passes cost between £10 and £15.
The exhibition is a unique collection of artefacts which portray his amazing life and career, from his first novel The Carpet People which was published in 1971 to his later novels including the Discworld series. Artwork from the Discworld novels including over 40 original illustrations by Paul Kidby adorn the walls and will make any Discworld fan nostalgic for the books.
World Book Day often offers a range of books, all on offer for £1 with a World Book Day voucher, given away at schools. However, the usually diverse range is celebrity author heavy this year, leading many children’s authors to speak out about being crushed out of the genre by celebrity writers. Read More
“Magic really does happen at DISCOVER CHILDREN’S STORY CENTRE in London as their new Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson exhibition brings 12 of their enchanting picture books to life.
A World Inside a Book – Gruffalos, Dragons and other Creatures opens to the public on Saturday 21st of October 2017 until September 2018.”
This month London’s South Bank will be host to a micro-cabin of literature; the smallest library in the capital, measuring a rather tiny 3.5 square metres. The library will be home to books telling the story of London’s rich history covering everything from ancient tomes to modern day classics that reflect the city and its history.