Shantel EdwardsDirector, Birmingham Literature Festival
Shantel Edwards is the Director of the Birmingham Literature Festival and Creative Producer at Writing West Midlands. A Birmingham native and long-time book lover, Shantel holds a doctorate in English Literature on the circulation of narratives of British mixed race in contemporary fiction from the University of Birmingham.
On the Settee with Shantel Edwards
In The Front Room, the settee offers a place of sanctuary; a place where you can take a load off. On ours, you’ll discover conversations that will slot into your day like a catch up with an old friend, or your favourite song – something that makes you feel at home, open, yet vulnerable and connected through the stories we tell ourselves and one another.
On the Settee…Beyond Books edition with the stories and voices we read and hear
Our new season of ‘On the Settee’ programming features a range of folk from across Birmingham’s reading, writing and book selling community. Books, reading and access to ideas, experiences and stories can be found at the heart of exploring yourself and the world around you. Who is writing these stories? Whose experiences are being heard? What voices are being excluded? How are books being accessed in the city?
There may be a growing movement to make publishing more inclusive and representative but have these changes made their way into what books we are able to buy and read? How are books used as tools for dreamers, for people to reimagine a collective future where we see prosperity, health and equity for all? Who are the writers that are challenging dominant narratives and asking us to question and reevaluate the status quo?
Who’s on the Settee today?
Shantel Edwards:Shantel is the Director of the Birmingham Literature Festival and Creative Producer at Writing West Midlands. A Birmingham native and long-time book lover, Shantel holds a doctorate in English Literature on the circulation of narratives of British mixed race in contemporary fiction from the University of Birmingham.
Join Danni and Shantel as we hear about Birmingham Literature Festival, how its changed during the pandemic, what hopes does Shantel have for the Festival in its role in bringing literary voices to the city and can literature festivals be a movement for change?
This conversation will be held in a Zoom webinar format. The session will be streamed live from On The Settee, or you can register below to take part in the Q&A via Zoom.