There is no pad able to replace the feeling of having an old, good and sometimes smelly (why not?) book in hands. Even though I appreciate the technology and its constant improvements, but some things never change and Birmingham Book Festival is a 14 year-old event that seals the importance of a physical edition of a book.
From 4-13 of October, several locations- from venues to public opened spaces - in Birmingham will be holding the festival that includes talks with some well-known authors, workshops, poetry, short stories competitions and other activities related to reading, writing and literature in general.
As a highlight of the festival, the interactive storytelling installation called Reliable Witness; the amazing experience of writing through the night at the Locksmith's House, located in Willenhall (part of the Black Country Living Museum), with the writer Anna Lawrence-Pietroni as a guide; some talk about interesting issues with Patrick Gale, Femi Oyebode, Jackie Kay, Simon Armitage, David Edgar, among others.
Within the Book Festival, there is also the Fringe Festival, with other extra ten (for free) programmed (for free) to take place in the Central Library.