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Young Presenters at Birmingham Literature Festival


Birmingham Literature Festival is pleased to offer a small group of young people aged 15 to 19 the opportunity to find out how a literature festival works.

You’ll get hands-on experience of running the festival, preparing an event, looking after an author, presenting to an audience, and being part of a team working together to produce an event. You will gain an understanding of how to present events and what roles are important in making a festival successful.

Together we will look at a book and discuss what questions you could ask the author during an on-stage interview.

This short training course would suit young lovers of creative writing, future Festival programmers, event managers, journalists and the curious (all aged between 15 and 19, of course!)

You are invited to learn essential skills for hosting and presenting events as part of Birmingham Literature Festival and gain experience of what happens behind the scenes.

Under the tuition of Rachel New, experienced radio presenter and writer, and Jonathan Davidson , Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, you can discover what makes a festival tick.

Sessions will take place at the following times – we would ask that you ensure you are available for all the sessions, before booking:

Session 1: Saturday 22nd September, 1.30 – 4.30pm at Zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AT
Session 2: Saturday 29th September , 1.30 – 4.30pm at Zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AT
Session 3: Sunday 14th October 10.30am – 7.30pm at Birmingham REP Theatre.

Just £10 gets you copies of the books involved as well as refreshments and a hooded top. To book please follow the link below. If you qualify for pupil premium we will be happy to give you a bursary. Contact Emma at 0121 246 2770 for details.

This event is taking place as part of READ On! A project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.