Food for Thought with Birmingham Literature Festival

“I have some food in my bag for you
Not that edible food, the food you eat
No, I have some food for thought.
– Erykah Badu

Food For Thought is our take on afternoon tea, an opportunity to feed our bellies and minds every Thursday here at Impact Hub Birmingham.


Join us as we gather around the workbench and discuss key themes and ideas each week, hosted by the community over tea and cake!


This week, Director of Birmingham Literature Festival, Antonia Beck shares highlight’s of this year’s Festival which features the likes of Adam Kay, Simon Armitage, Fatima Bhutto, Writers in Exile, Konnie Huq, Elizabeth Day, Suzie Orbach and a whole host of creative workshops!


This year the Birmingham Literature Festival returns to the city with an exciting line up of novelists, poets, feminist writers, performers, activists, and artists from the UK and abroad. Taking place from the 3rd – 13th October in venues across Birmingham, the line-up includes new UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, best-selling author and fearless feminist Clementine Ford Phillips, former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, novelist Fatima Bhutto and former junior doctor and writer Adam Kay.


Audiences can look forward to a discussion from fearless Birmingham Yardley Labour MP Jess Phillips, speaking out on injustices and successfully fighting back with her latest book Truth to Power. A thought-provoking and honest discussion on sexuality, desire, intersectional identity and the LGBTQ+ culture with Amelia Abraham, Amrou Al-Kadhi and Michael Amherst; and join acclaimed writer Fatima Bhutto as she shares her explorations into new global pop cultures – Bollywood, Turkish soap operas and South Korean pop music.


With 56 events, this year’s festival is packed with performances by a wide range of writers, artists, comedians and speakers. With events about sex, politics, grief, real-life parenting, the Windrush scandal, activism, mental health, masculinity, money and psychology (to name a few!) you’re sure to find something to intrigue and excite you. There will even be a chance to explore the darker side of writing with events on the occult, gothic tales and the supernatural.


The festival is also delighted to announce that writer, broadcaster and journalist Stuart Maconie has taken on the role of Guest Curator this year. Though a Northerner by origin, Birmingham and the Black Country have become his adopted home and he has been associated with Writing West Midlands for many years. For the full programme and tickets, check out the Birmingham Literature Festival website.


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Food for Thought is free for Impact Hub Birmingham members to attend and £5 for non members. If you’re not a member, you can book your ticket via Eventbrite here.


If you are interested in hosting a conversation or activity of your own at a future Food For Thought, please do get in touch.


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Date & Time

September 19, 2019 | 15:00 to 16:00


Impact Hub Birmingham


Entry Fee

Cost for Members: Free

Cost for Non Members: £5

Updated on 18 September 2019