Here is the final Issue of the Daily Spring Thing. Spring Thing Newspaper issue 4
We still have one more event to go: the fabulous Mo Hayder tomorrow, Thursday 14th April, at 7pm, Birmingham Conservatoire, £6.50/£5, tickets available on the door. More information here. Please join us in celebrating the end of this Spring Season of events. There will be wine and a final chance to buy books – including Mo’s, which will be discounted from the RRP, of course.
There is also a great review of our Project Pigeon workshop here.
More pictures, reviews and thoughts to come…
We are very excited here. It is less than two weeks until we enjoy two whole days of books, writers, chatting about books and writers, sharing ideas, networking, workshops, and of course a few quirky things too.
Coming up next week:
On Friday 8th April, the BBF team will be out and about in the city, at Birmingham Cathedral and Birmingham Library, asking you to get involved in a writing installation. So if you see us, stop by and say hello! We *might* be carrying chocolate…
Give & Take is a new feature of the Festival, too. It’s simple – you bring along to events any books you no longer want, and donate them to the G&T bin. You are then welcome to help yourself to a book from the bin.
Anticipation is building…
The event most people seem to be talking about is Project Pigeon’s writing workshop – in their actual pigeon loft in Digbeth. Far from being a cold and unwelcoming space, this is a friendly, informative, enlightening place where the project’s curators, Alex and Ian, are eager to talk to people about the pursuit of social change they are on, (and introduce us to the baby pigeons they’ve hatched this month). A place full of story and history, atmosphere and personality, inspiration will not be hard to come by.
We’re also getting excited about the fantastic John Hegley, who will be making us laugh and think on Sunday evening and closing the festival is style. That’s right after we celebrate the third birthday of indpendent press Nine Arches with readings from several of their poets . That’s a whole night of excellent poetry, cake and conversation.
Launching The Daily Spring Thing
To celebrate the Spring Thing, and the rich literary fabric here in Birmingham, we are launching The Birmingham Book Festival Newspaper. This is a free paper that will be published every day during both Festivals of the year. So, in preparation for the Spring Thing, issue one is ready. In it you will find plenty of information about events, advice on planning your weekend depending on your writing/reading interests, and yes, there is even a gossip column. Heaven knows what’ll go in that…
Issue Two will be published on the morning of the Saturday of the Spring Thing, and will be packed with information about the weekend ahead. It will include, among other things, an interview with crime writer Sophie Hannah, who is joining us on Saturday to eat cake and talk about the messy business of writing about murder and mystery.
Now to choose the cake…
Thursday 14th April 2011
Mo Hayder: Hanging Hill
£6.50 / £5 / 7pm / Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG
Supported by Birmingham Libraries
In Mo Hayder’s latest novel sisters Sally and Zoe find themselves in situations worse than they had ever imagined. Married to a successful business man, Sally is a dreamer, whereas her sister Zoe is her polar opposite. A detective inspector working out of Bath Central. Zoe loves her job, and oozes self-confidence. No one would guess that she hides a crippling secret that dates back twenty years, and which – if exposed – may destroy her.
Fortunes change though and when Sally’s daughter has fallen into difficulties, and finds she needs cash – lots of it – fast. Sally finds herself divorced and penniless with her teenage daughter to support. Now, the only way to survive is to do things she never thought possible, to go places she never knew existed… With no one to help her, Sally is forced into a criminal world of extreme pornography and illegal drugs; a world in which teenage girls can go missing.
Both sisters are intent on survival until one does something so terrifying that there’s no way back… A story so chilling you’ll be thankful it isn’t yours.
Mo has written some of the most terrifying crime thrillers you will ever read. Her first novel, Birdman, was hailed as ‘a first-class shocker’ by the Guardian, and her follow-up, The Treatment, was voted by The Times one of the top ten most scary thrillers ever written. Mo Hayder is one of the bestselling and most critically acclaimed of contemporary British crime thriller novelists, admired by her peers and eagerly followed by her readers.
Mo’s books are 100% authentic, drawing on her long research with several UK police forces and on her personal encounters with criminals and prostitutes. She specialises in confronting criminal acts head-on in her writing, fearlessly tackling the darker side of life where many turn away. Hayder has taught creative writing and is now a full-time author at the peak of her talents.
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Saturday 9th April 2011
Cake & Crime: Sophie Hannah
2pm – 3.15pm / £8 & £6 (includes refreshments)/ Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG
Celebrating the publication of her sixth psychological crime thriller Lasting Damage, and the forthcoming ITV dramatisation of an earlier novel in the same series, Point of Rescue, Sophie comes to Birmingham to eat yummy cake and talk about her writing career so far.
About Lasting Damage
It`s 1.15 a.m. Connie Bowskill should be asleep. Instead, she`s logging on to a property website in search of a particular house: 11 Bentley Grove, Cambridge. She knows it`s for sale; she saw the estate agent`s board in the front garden less than six hours ago.
Soon Connie is clicking on the `Virtual Tour` button, keen to see the inside of 11 Bentley Grove and put her mind at rest once and for all. She finds herself looking at a scene from a nightmare: in the living room, in the middle of the carpet, there`s a woman lying face down in a huge pool of blood. In shock, Connie wakes her husband Kit. But when Kit sits down at the computer to take a look, he sees no dead body, only a pristine beige carpet in a perfectly ordinary room…
Sophie Hannah is the author of five internationally bestselling psychological thrillers – Little Face, Hurting Distance, The Point of Rescue, The Other Half Lives and A Room Swept White. Her novels are published in 20 countries, with more foreign rights deals under negotiation. The Other Half Lives was shortlisted for the 2010 Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year Award. Little Face and Hurting Distance were both longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, and Little Face was longlisted for the IMPAC Award. The Point of Rescue is currently being made for television, and will appear on ITV1 in 2011. Lasting Damage is the sixth novel in this series.
Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 TS Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A-level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge, and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is thirty-nine and lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children, where she is Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College.
Join us for lots of cake and coffee and the chance to hear Sophie talk about her work. Questions welcome!
With thanks to Hodder and Stoughton
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