Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writing with Lisa Blower at Birmingham Literature Festival


Lisa Blower will be talking at Birmingham Literature Festival 2019. The festival runs from 3rd – 13th October in various locations around the city.

Lisa is author of It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mothers, a fabulous collection of award-winning short stories dominated by the working-class matriarch. From the wise, witty and outspoken Nan of ‘Broken Crockery’, who has lived and worked in Stoke-on-Trent for all of her 92 years, to happy hooker Ruthie in ‘The Land of Make Believe’, to sleep-deprived Laura in ‘The Trees in the Wood’, to young mum Roxanne in ‘The Cherry Tree’, she appears in many shapes and forms, and always with a stoicism that is hard to break down.

Lisa will be joined by Stuart Maconie, Lynne Voyce and Emma Purhouse, all contributors whose work features within the anthology Common People, edited by Kit de Waal. The event will be held at Elgar Concert Hall and run from 6pm. Book your tickets HERE.

Lisa will be taking part in two further events at Birmingham Literature Festival; an afternoon short-story workshop (HERE) and an evening talk with authors Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Samanta Schweblin (HERE). Both events are on the 11th October.