Birmingham Literature Festival – in pictures

benjamin_brum_litThis year’s Birmingham Literature Festival is in full swing with its biggest and most impressive line-up to date. Capturing the authors and writers at each event is photographer Lee Allen. We’ve picked a few our our favourite images from the headline acts: Benjamin Zephaniah, Germaine Greer, Radio 4’s Poetry Please, Will Self and Shami Chakrabarti.

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Birmingham Literature Festival

Benjamin ZephaniahThere’s a silence every reader experiences from time-to-time. A cold silence which you sit through; frozen, passive, reflective. It’s a silence which inhabits you and renders you speechless for hours: this is the consequence faced by the reader of a good book. So many books drive us to this incredible state; they leave us fulfilled yet hungry, complete yet lost. Books give us so much, yet we take for granted their existence for our pleasure and rarely consider how they came to be. Continue reading