Stories and food are pretty much my two favourite things, so putting them together is a bit of a stroke of genius by the Birmingham Literature Festival – and they have done, several times. There’s everything from pies to Baltic cuisine and short stories about food at the festival this year, as well as some non-food related talks but obviously that’s for another blog.
Here are a few of the food related talks at the Birmingham Literature Festival taking place in Birmingham (obviously) this October…
10 October – Baltic Breakfast at Cafe Opus in the Ikon Gallery
Taking a journey into the literary traditions of three Baltic nations, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, this event involves short readings and a light breakfast featuring dishes popular in the Baltic. Novelist Pauls Bankovskis from Latvia, and poets Indrė Valentenaitė and Laurynaus Katkus from Lithuania will share a selection of their work in English translation and there will be short readings in all three languages.
Tickets are £12 available from http://www.birmingham-box.co.uk/event/baltic-breakfast/
13 October – cooked up at the at Cafe Opus in the Ikon Gallery
Cooked up is a short story collection of food fiction from all round the world, looking at why food is such a rich creative inspiration. Four of the authors, Susannah Rickards, Pippa Goldschmidt, Nikesh Shukla and Elaine Chiew, will share stories and discuss the topic of food and its ability to inspire. Plus there is also a two course supper (at an additional cost of £10) inspired by some of the stories which is available after the readings.
Tickets for the talk are £8, dinner is an additional £10, available from http://www.birmingham-box.co.uk/event/cooked-up/
17 October – Stuart Marconie at The Rep
Stuart’s new book is called The Pie at Night which is handy as the ticket includes an award-winning pie from Birmingham butchers Walter Smith. The Pie at Night is Stuart’s search for the North of England at play and what this entails, comparing new with old and going on an adventure taking in trips to tapas bars, caravan parks, dog tracks, art galleries and a curry mile, amongst others.
Stuart is also the author of Cider with Roadies, Pies and Prejudice and Adventures on the High Teas and hosts a bunch of regular radio shows on BBC 6music.
Tickets are £12 available from http://www.birmingham-box.co.uk/event/stuart-maconie/
If you’re interested in the (non-food) related talks or generally want more info about the Birmingham Literature Festival, then their website is http://www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org/