TLC Free Reads

Apply before Thursday 25 August 22 for a free manuscript assessment with The Literary Consultancy

Open Call

Tell us about your book, your play, your short course or workshop, or put your name down for paid and volunteer roles

Birmingham Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate

Application deadline: 11 August, 5pm


We run workshopsconferences, residencies and networking throughout the year, as well as the creative development programme Room 204. We hold a range of writing workshops and short courses, as well as host writers from all over the globe.

Young People

Through our Spark Young Writers Programme, we provide schools with writers, run 20 monthly creative writing groups across the west midlands and hold a yearly Summer Writing Challenge.


Through partnerships with publishersuniversities, galleries, libraries and many others, we nurture readers as much as writers.

Celebrating Words

Birmingham Literature Festival runs annually with a full programme, usually in October. For 2020 and 2021, we ran a series of online workshops, a weekly podcast throughout the autumn, daily poetry readings, and live-streamed events. The festival will return in 2022.

Read our Latest Issuu Publication

Writing West Midlands Impact Report: 2021/22