Brum Lit Fest Golden Ticket hunt for free festival access!

The hunt is on. Birmingham Literature Festival is offering free access to festival events to the finders of a golden ticket.

Friday 21 April – Sunday 23 April 2017

The Birmingham Literature Festival celebrates its 20th year in 2017, and has revealed its full programme for its first ever Spring Edition, to complement the annual October festival.

To celebrate, 20 golden tickets have been hidden in bookshops, cafes and libraries across the Midlands. Each ticket offers the finder two free entry passes to one of the festival’s events and one special ticket offers the winner a full festival pass.
Spring Edition highlights:

Jess Phillips MP, fast becoming one the UK’s most outspoken and engaging members of Parliament, will talk about her book Everywoman, her guide to talking truth to power, just as she has her entire career.

Lionel Shriver, bestselling author of numerous novels including We Need to Talk About Kevin, will present her new novel The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, which imagines the USA’s economic and social collapse.

Poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams will be on stage with his Evening with an Immigrant show, with surprising and amusing stories from his life growing up in Nigeria and taking refuge in the UK after civil war breaks out.

As well as hosting bestselling writers and household names, Birmingham Literature Festival has built a reputation for showcasing an exciting, eclectic mix of speakers from all backgrounds and literary genres, both established and emerging.

Nature writer and Guardian columnist Alys Fowler will take us on a journey through the canals of Birmingham by canoe with her new book Hidden Nature, and M.G.Leonard will talk about beetles to celebrate the publication of her new book for young people, Beetle Queen.

Meanwhile Birmingham writer Luke Kennard presents his debut novel The Transition, set amidst a housing crisis in the very near future.

Details on how to claim your event passes are given on the golden tickets.
The towns taking part are Kidderminster, Shrewsbury, Lichfield, Stafford, Stoke on Trent, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Hereford, Solihull, Sutton, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwick, Worcester, Bromsgrove and, of course, Birmingham.

Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands and festival programmer, said:

I’m thrilled to present the Spring Edition of the Birmingham Literature Festival. It’s a significant year for us, celebrating twenty years of sharing great writing with this great city.


The finders of the golden tickets will be welcomed to one of our fantastic events. To win, simply be the first to find one hidden in the region’s bookshops, cafes and libraries. I wish you the best of luck.

Tickets for all events are now on sale at as well as through The BOX.

As well as tickets for individual events, Birmingham Literature Festival also offers a Festival Pass, which allows regular attendees the chance to attend the ten main events for just £50.

For tickets and full details of events, see

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