5 Upcoming Events in the Midlands


Today marks the first of our ‘5 Things’ blogpost series! Every other week we will have ‘5 Things’ based around writing for you to explore. This week our writer Lerah has compiled ‘5 Upcoming Events in the Midlands,’ so if you love writing events and want to find some more to go to, or have never been to one but think you might enjoy it, this blog is for you!

Find the Right Words – A She Grrrowls Special, Sept 19th

Upstairs at the Western, Western Ph, Western Rd, Leicester LE3 0GA

Created and compered by BBC Slam Champion, JESS GREEN, Find the Right Words is now firmly established as one of Leicester’s best spoken word and rap nights. The show was nominated for the SABOTEUR AWARDS 2018 and includes two nationally acclaimed headline acts, ten open mic spots (sign ups from 7.00pm) and the increasingly sought-after speed poet spot. With past headliners including Hollie McNish, Buddy Wakefield, Jackie Hagan, Mark Grist, Harry Baker and Megan Beech, Jess makes sure you get to hear the UK’s top performance poets making the biggest noise in spoken word! This month Find the Right Words invites She Grrrowls, a feminist poetry night from London, and they’re bringing JOELLE TAYLOR and ESTHER POYER with them.


Birmingham Literature Festival, October 4th – 14th

Various locations across Birmingham

10 days of inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining events in venues across Birmingham City Centre, which not only showcase great books and writers from the UK and abroad, but also create space to bring people together for good conversation and ideas.

Packed with events celebrating words, books and ideas in many forms, I sought out the most exciting up-and-coming writers alongside well-established names, with events including panel discussions, author talks and new book launches, writing workshops, nature walks and a trip on-board a narrowboat. Performance also plays a huge part in this year’s festival, with shows that fuse theatre, music and storytelling, and others that combine poetry and even live cooking on stage.

As part of this year’s festival, I also worked with journalist and writer Sathnam Sanghera who has curated some very special events with key writers from the West Midlands, about which you can see more below.

Other Worlds – fantasy, SF, horror and crime day, October 6th

Nottingham Writers’ Studio

Nottingham Writers’ Studio presents a day packed with advice, guidance and information for prospective authors of horror, fantasy and sci-fi!

Come join an array of UK talent as they explore the worlds of writing and publishing in genre fiction through a mix of insightful panels as well as in-depth workshops (spaces for these sessions are limited but each attendee will get a choice of at least one session; first come first served).

On top of that there will be a bookstall throughout the day and event goodie bag for every attendee!

Verve Poetry Festival Presents a TERRANCE HAYES Poetry Evening, October 17th

Waterstones Bookshop, 24-26 High Street, B4 7SL Birmingham, United Kingdom

Verve Poetry Festival are thrilled to present Terrance Hayes’ only Midlands event on his ten-day visit to the UK.

Don’t miss this rare UK appearance from a US poet whose ‘writing demonstrates a serious commitment to revising, extending and advancing American poetry while recording, celebrating and mourning black American life.’ – The Los Angeles Times

Also performing are local poets, CYNTHIA MILLER (a previous #WednesdayWriter at The Student Wordsmith) and CASEY BAILEY!


Hit the Ode, October 18th

Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB

Hit the Ode is a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham. One regional, one national and one international poet perform alongside open mic’ers.

Come along this month for a hilarious Birmingham Comedy Festival special including local poet Joe Cook, Michelle Tiwo and Usama Minhas.