This event looks at the process of one piece of writing inspiring another. The Hearth Centre‘s most recent project, Writing Begets Writing, drew inspiration from Sathnam Sanghera and the process he used as a writer. Local writers led fiction-writing masterclasses in psychiatric hospitals and community mental health groups. Using their own writing as a starting point, the writers inspired new voices with startling and memorable stories to tell, generating a buzz of excitement around the Writing Begets Writing competition. The best writing produced will feature in a new anthology alongside extracts of the work that inspired them, to be published by Nine Arches Press.

Sathnam Sanghera will talk about how his book Marriage Material was itself inspired by the novel The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett. In addition, Sathnam will present prizes to our competition winners, and we’ll hear some of the winning entries.

In Association with The Hearth Centre

www.thehearthcentre.org.uk

Supported by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org

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  • The REP’s newest auditorium. The STUDIO seats 300 people. Wheelchair seating is available.

    The STUDIO is a highly flexible performance space and stands by the entrance to the Library Of Birmingham.

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455

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Writing On Air With Stephanie Dale

This fun, interactive workshop will explore some of the key elements that need to be considered when writing for radio. The workshop will contain group and individual writing excises and participants...

Poetry Translation with Tamil poet Cheran

This is an informal workshop on the role of language in culture, identity and reportage. A unique opportunity to work with a professional translator and an international poet whose poetry has been...

Radio Four at the Festival - With Great Pleasure & The Echo Chamber

With Paul Farley Poet Paul Farley talks movingly about the poetry and prose that has accompanied him through his life. This edition of With Great Pleasure will be recorded for broadcast in January...

Radio Four at the Festival - Poetry Please

Presented by Roger McGough Roger McGough introduces poems inspired by the canals and waterways. Including readings of poems commissionedfrom poet Jo Bell, the UK’s first Canal Laureate, and from...

Rosie Garland and the Palace of Curiosities

“Gentlemen and Ladies! How happy I am to welcome you to this Palace of Curiosities on such an auspicious occasion. What luck! What serendipity! For tonight we have mirth! Wit! And...

West Midlands Poets

An evening of contemporary poetry curated by Flarestack Poets and Offa’s Press, hosted by Flarestack Poets. These four poets represent the high quality and variety of poetry being created and...

Workshop - Playing With Form with Kaite O'Reilly

An exploration of some approaches and techniques that can be applied to creating plays and performance texts. From different starting points such as Classic Greek texts to Japanese aesthetics, from...

Readers' Afternoon: Paradise Lost

Stories of love and tenderness, treachery and terror unite our panel of four brilliant novelists for an afternoon. These writers and their novels will take you on a bracing journey stopping at all...

Writing Animation for Children's TV

Writing Animation for Children's TV

Shami Chakrabarti: On Liberty

Our precious treasure of fundamental freedoms is the stuff that binds people and democratic societies together. That’s why Liberty works to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for...

Launching the Festival and Birmingham's New Poet Laureate

Join Library of Birmingham and Birmingham Literature Festival on National Poetry Day 2013 for an hour of poetry and promise as we whet your appetite for the ten days of events, workshops and...