Career Development Programme for poets with Nine Arches Press. Deadline: Tuesday 10 January 2023

Room 204

Submissions open for our annual writer-in-development programme. Deadline: Thursday 2 February 2023

Birmingham Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate

Announced at Birmingham Literature Festival on 6 October 2022


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 returned in-person in 2022, with livestream and podcast options.

Read our Latest Issuu Publication

Writing West Midlands Impact Report: 2021/22