ICCW Review of the Year 2013-14

The new academic year is upon us – and with it the pleasures of the ICCW’s autumn programme. Before we move on, however, let us recall what the ICCW’s second season held…

3 October 2013: The ICCW sponsored the opening event of the Birmingham Literature Festival, featuring the Poet Laureate of England, Carol Ann Duffy, reading together with Imtiaz Dharker. N.B.! The ICCW is also sponsoring the opening of this year’s Festival, featuring Jackie Kay, on 2 October 2014!

9 October 2013: Poet, award-winning author of the novel The Last Hundred Days and Fellow of the ICCW, Patrick McGuinness, on the art of the novel

17 October 2013: Dramaturg, playwright and Fellow of the ICCW, Caroline Jester hosted a public seminar on ‘Europa’, a multilingual, pan-European collaborative theatre project

23 October 2013: Poets David Morley (The Gypsy and the Poet) and Gregory Leadbetter (The Body in the Well) – a Fellow and the Director of the ICCW, respectively – give readings of their work

20 November 2013: Poet and fiction writer Catherine Smith on short stories, poetry and collaboration

28 November 2013: Poet and Editor of The Poetry Review, Maurice Riordan, reads from his latest collection, The Water Stealer, together with poet Angela France, reading from Hide

4 December 2013: Academic and biographer Nicholas Roe discusses the methods and discoveries of his latest biography, John Keats: A New Life

5 February 2014: Alan Mahar, novelist and former Chief Executive of Tindal Street Press, lecture on the past, present, and future of literary fiction

5 February 2014: Poet, editor and publisher Peter Sansom leads a workshop on poetry

18 February 2014: ‘Break, blowe, burn, and make me new’: John Donne and Benjamin Britten: Words into Music, at Birmingham Conservatoire – Combining poetry, music, biography and performance, with Professor Ronald Woodley (piano), James Geer (tenor), Dr Gregory Leadbetter, Professor David Roberts and Dr Kate Kennedy

12 March 2014: Leading journalist Nicholas Lezard on the art of the literary critic

19 March 2014: Book launch and reading of Patrick McGuinness’s memoir, Other People’s Countries: A Journey into Memory

28 March 2014 – Beats and Birmingham: Poets and the City, with live music from The Beat Generation, at the Library of Brimingham, as part of the Frontiers Festival 2014 – featuring award-winning poets Luke Kennard, Bohdan Piasecki and guests

2 April 2014: Literary agent David Smith from the Annette Green Authors’ Agency on what agents are looking for and how they help their writers

26 April 2014: The ICCW sponsors the Outdoors Writing Workshop with Fellow of the ICCW, David Morley, together with a poetry reading by David Morley, Gregory Leadbetter, and participants in the workshop, at Wenlock Poetry Festival

25 June 2014: Birmingham City University Creative Writing Summer Show, featuring as guest author the thriller writer, R.J. Ellory

It was quite exhausting just writing that…but also rather wonderful to relive a year’s worth of wonderful events.

Join us again this year: news of our autumn programme will be released soon…

Dr Gregory Leadbetter – Director of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing


The ICCW exists to cultivate the literary arts and the life of ideas. Six events a year are run on-campus at Birmingham City University, and feed directly into our creative writing programmes at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. Our other events are open to everyone, usually (but not exclusively) at city centre venues in Birmingham.

The ICCW has a core group of contributors, known as Fellows of the ICCW, who contribute to its aims and its programme, through readings, masterclasses, and in some cases, tutorial roles. Our Fellows are: Helen Cross, Caroline Jester, Ian Marchant, Patrick McGuinness, David Morley, and Sally Read.

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