Room 204 opens for submissions

Our flagship programme for emerging writers is open for applications! Deadline: Monday 1 February 2021

Birmingham Poets Laureate announced for 2020-22

The new Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate were revealed on National Poetry Day

Events, Short Courses & Workshops

Events and training for writers Sept 2020 - Jan 2021

Upcoming Events


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, we ran a series of online workshops, a weekly podcast throughout the autumn, daily poetry readings, and live-streamed events in partnership with Durham Book Festival. The festival will return in 2021.

Read our Latest Issuu Publication

Impact Report Writing West Midlands 18-19