Free Literary Events at Millennium Point

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Looking for something to do with the kids or friends during the holidays? Millennium Point are hosting a number of free literary-themed events as part of ‘The Big Read’, an innovative new project designed to encourage interest in reading and writing.

In partnership with many leading organisations across the city, Millennium Point will be filling your summer calendar full with exciting free events such as poetry performances, short films and children’s workshops. Millennium Point have also set up a series of BookBenches, which are currently on show in libraries, museums and other cultural centres across Birmingham until Tuesday 13th September.

First up on the programme is “Be History”, set to take place today from 7pm until 9pm. It will be an evening celebrating spoken word, music, heritage and literacy. The spoken word performance will bring together two poets and two musicians, and the event will be attended by Jordanne Cameron (a poet blogger), Reuben Field (a spoken word artist), and singer/songwriters Namiwa Jazz and Madi Saskia. You’ll also be able to write and perform live at the event!

But if you’re looking to keep the children busy this summer, Thursday 11th August is the date for you. Author Juliet Clare Bell and illustrator Dave Gray, the duo behind The Unstoppable Maggie McGee, will be hosting illustration activities and book readings from 10am to 5pm. Partnered with Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Wesleyan, the workshops will give you the chance to explore the book, which was inspired by Birmingham Children’s Hospital patients.

The book benches that spread across the city
One of the many book benches that can be found across the city as part of The Big Read

If comic books are more your thing, come along to “Geek Out” on Saturday 3rd September. From 10am to 4pm, Millennium Point will be celebrating comic books and geek pop culture. You’ll be able to create your own comic book, enjoy comic book street art, play superhero themed video games, relax and read comics at the pop-up comic book shop, and indulge in many different street foods.

Also Millennium Point will be showing it’s Words + Images short film programme, which is a series of short films about literature, books and the joy of reading. Curated by Flatpack Projects, the films will be displayed on Millennium Point’s video pods, which are located next to the BookBenches.

Neil Anderson, director of marketing, communications and events at Millennium Point, said:

The Big Read is an important and captivating initiative that is perfectly aligned with Millennium Point’s vision to be a destination where learning comes to life and where visitors can explore the world around them.

The Big Read runs until Tuesday September 13.

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