Literature & Spoken Word Festivals and Events

The West Midlands has one of the highest densities of literature and spoken word festivals in the country. Here are a list of them and the time of year that they usually run. Below the list of festivals are links to other organisations that run writer events in the West Midlands.



Birmingham Literature Festival, April and October

Bournville Children’s Book Festival, March

Festival at the Edge (Wenlock Edge), July

Hot Air Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, June

Ledbury Poetry Festival, July

Lichfield Literature Festival, October

PowWow Lit Festival, September

Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest, May

Stratford Poetry Festival, July/August

Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, April

Oswestry LitFest, biennial, March

Warwick Words, October

Wellington Literary Festival, September/October

Wenlock Poetry Festival, April

Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe, June

Young Readers Birmingham, May/June


Birmingham Literature Festival is a member of Birmingham Festivals. Find out more at

Further Afield

Literary Leicester – November

If you know of anymore literature and spoken word festivals that aren’t on this list, please get in touch to let us know!

We convene a Literature and Spoken Word Festivals & Events Network. If you are interested in getting involved in this, please email jonathan[at]


Regular Literature Events in the West Midlands

ConFab Cabaret – spoken word night, Malvern
Hit the Ode – Apples and Snakes performance poetry events in Birmingham

Word Smith & Co.– poetry event series from Nine Arches Press and Apples and Snakes. Details of the next series of events will be featured on this page or you can follow them on Twitter
Mouth and Music – Kidderminster
Nightblue Fruit at Playwrights Cafe Bar & Bistro
– Coventry
Poetry Bites
 – Birmingham

Spoken Worlds – Burton-on-Trent
Sunday Xpress – Birmingham
Grizzly Pear – Birmingham

Word Up– Birmingham
Poetry Jam –  Birmingham
Poetic Essence – Birmingham
Find the Right Words–  Leicester
Mouth and Music – Kidderminster
Unity in the Community – a quarterly open mic event taking place in Wednesbury at the Centre for Oneness. Please email Surjit Dhami at dhami[at] for more information

Permission to Speak – Held at Katie Fitzgerald’s, Stourbridge


If you know of any other regular literature events that take place across the West Midlands, please email caroline[at] Please note that we can’t list all individual events, just those that have a regular series.