Highlights of Birmingham Literature Festival include Birmingham writer and comedian Meera Syal interviewing Wolverhampton-born author Sathnam Sanghera, who wrote the acclaimed The Boy With The Top Knot, about his new novel.
Steven Knight, the screen writer and director behind popular BBC2 TV show Peaky Blinders, will speak about bringing to life the pre-First World War gangsters that controlled Birmingham.
Scandi-crime is all the rage at the moment and the Danish Noir event will look at the Brits attraction to such macabre stories with three Scandanavian authors - Dagma Winther (one half of pen name Sander Jakobsen); Elsebeth Egholm, who created the TV series Those Who Kill; and Lene Kaaberbols, author of the internationally successful Nina Borg crime fiction series.
Steven Knight and Peaky Blinders are a highlight of Birmingham Literature Festival
Agatha Christie fans will also be interested in the event with writer Sophie Hannah, whose new book The Monogram Murders sees a return of Hercule Poirot - with authorisation from the Agatha Christie estate.
Actress Dame Janet Suzman speaks about her life growing up in South Africa and the politics of that country as well as her latest play, Soloman & Marion, which she performs in at Birmingham Rep from October 16 to November 1. The event sees her in conversation with the theatre director and writer Ola Animashawun.
Dame Janet Suzman speaks about her theatre work and life in South Africa