Birmingham Book Festival

The Birmingham Book Festival is happening at the moment (it runs till the 29th of October at various venues around the city).

I’m a big fan of books, I like the look of them, the smell of a new book or a book that’s been loved & cared for. I once even confessed to suffering from a “fake syndrome” called Fictonecrosis (also know as bibliophagia).

Some highlights that made me drool:

David Edgar is a leading Birmingham based playwright, best known for his political plays (Pentecost- at the RSC, Albert Speer at the National Theatre and, last year, Testing the Echo at the Birmingham Rep). This event celebrates his new book, How Plays Work, which offers an insight into the process of a playwright.

I’d be deeply shocked if this hasn’t already sold out, but I’m prepared to offer it as a suggestion in the hope that it’s still available. If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 60 years and haven’t heard of The Archers, it’s a weekday radio drama set in the fictional farming community of Ambridge. It’s a National Treasure (and I’ve always secretly held a desire to appear as a voice in the series). One of the writers has created a book of collected information about the series and this event celebrates all aspects of the creation and love of the series.

Karen Armstrong is one of my favourite religious writers, as a Christian I find her writing about my faith refreshing, intelligent and challenging. She also writes just as intelligently and thoughtfully about Islam and Judaism. She’s written a short history of myth, a biography of the Bible and a history of God. She won the TED prize last year and is currently crafting a Charter for Compassion with thousands of religious leaders. I heartily endorse her work to you, she’s not dogmatic, preachy and she’ll present something that will challenge what you think about people of faith.  

To see a full line up go to the festival website, tickets can be booked from the Birmingham Box office on 0121 303 2323.

If you go to something, come back here and let us know what you think.