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Fringe Festival 2012

Birmingham Libraries are delighted to be hosting its third Fringe Festival which complements the city’s Birmingham Book Festival. Not only do we have something on offer for readers, we also have workshops for budding writers too and we are pleased to say all our Fringe events are still free! See full programme below.

The Fringe Festival launches with the My Life Through a Lens exhibition, which tells the story of a group of people through images and poetry. The exhibition can be found on the First Floor of the Central Library and will be in situ for the whole of October.

Elvis McGonagall

Thursday 4 October is National Poetry Day - not only do we celebrate poetry on this day, we also appoint our new Laureate too. Pop into our Poetry Brunch (11am -1pm) at the Festival Pop-Up Bookshop (Central Library Foyer) to meet and find out who the shortlisted candidates are for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2012/2013. The official announcement of the new Laureate will take place between 6pm - 8pm at Cafe Yumm (Custard Factory). This event will see Jan Watts share some of her thoughts as outgoing Birmingham Poet Laureate 2011/2012 and we end the evening with our guest poet Elvis McGonagall, stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker! Elvis is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere near Dundee, where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash. He's also a former World Slam Champion, compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club and is one of the poets occasionally in residence on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

We have two sessions of A Right Read! on 5 and 12 October (12noon - 2pm, Pop-Up Bookshop), these are perfect for people who love reading and want to join a reading group. You can also come along if you are already in a reading group and want ideas on how to get fresh ideas on what to read. We currently have a regular programme of Poets' Place sessions - which are an informal way of bringing poets together to get inspiration or feedback on poetry.

On Saturday 6 October (2pm - 4pm, Lower Ground Floor, Central Library ), we will be having a special session giving emergent poets the opportunity to get support and feedback from established poets.

Monday 8 October (10.30am - 12.30) sees the first of 2 writing workshops organised by LouDeemy Productions- if you a closet writer and want to get support, these workshops are for you. On Monday evening (5-6pm) The Gentlemen Press will be sharing some of the stories from fresh, new and young talent that contributed towards the Objection to Perfection anthology.

On Tuesday 9 October (5.30pm, Lower Ground Floor, Central Library ) we have a great event with writers Tanya Byrne and Louisa Reid - both have written books which explore the dark side of nature - not an event you want to miss on a dark autumn evening!

Tanya Byrne and Louisa Reid

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On Thursday 11 October (5pm - 6pm, Pop-Up Bookshop), our new Laureate will have been in 'post' for a whole week! Come along and find out what the Laureate has planned for the year ahead.

This year's Fringe Festival ends with two author events.

On Friday 12 October the first is Take Three with writers Stuart Evers, Chris Morgan Jones and Adam Nevill (7pm, Library Theatre). Take Three is a panel event with a former bookseller/editor, a former spy and supernatural fiction devotee. The line up makes up for a very interesting event, who knows how the evening will end?

Take Three with writers Stuart Evers, Chris Morgan Jones and Adam Nevill

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Our final event is on Saturday 13 October (2pm - 3.30pm, Library Theatre) with writers Sagheer Afzal, Yasmin Hai and Bali Rai. What's Love Got To Do With It? will be exploring the subject of love, life and relationships for young Asians today.

What's Love Got To Do With It ?

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Some of the Fringe Festival events are Drop In sessions, so you don't need to book. Please note, whilst all our events are free, you will need to book seats for all three of our author events (with Tanya Byrne and Louisa Reid, Take Three and What's Love Got To Do With It?). To book seats, please call 0121 236 4455 or visit: www.birminghambookfestival.org

For more details about the Fringe Festival or Birmingham Libraries author events programme, please contact Nikki Bi (nikki.bi@birmingham.gov.uk 0121 303 2895)

Fringe Festival 2012

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