Literary Study Day – ‘When Paula Met Charlotte’ – 13 April

How did one of the greatest artists of the 21st century respond to one of the greatest writers of the 19th? On 13 April 2019 at the Birmingham Midland Institute (BMI) The Hearth Centre’s director Polly Wright and poet and artist Margaret Markworthy presented Paula Rego’s 25 extraordinary lithographs of Jane Eyre, and read extracts from the nation’s favourite novel.

Friends of Enemies – Work in Progress Tour – March 2019

Friends of Enemies, written by Hearth Centre director Polly Wright, has finished a successful and thought provoking ACE funded Work in Progress tour. Readings of the play were presented at Pentabus in Shropshire, Theatr Clwyd in North Wales, MAC in Birmingham and Exeter Street Hall in Brighton. We’re looking forward to sharing more with you about the work as times goes on!

Fantastic Evening Discussing – The Long Take

Fantastic evening last night where the Writers’ Reading group and friends read and discussed the Booker shortlisted The Long Take by Robin Robertson.  Five star reviews all round for the book and our readings in our favourite venue –  The Hexagon, Mac Birmingham

Bernadette Lynch Long Take Review

Who says we don’t take our shadowing seriously?Bernadette Lynch has been composing her review of The Man Booker Prize short-lister Robin Robertson’s Long Take.Our open discussion is at Mac Birmingham on October 11th!

The Man Booker Prize – The Long Take by Robin Robertson – Thurs 11th Oct

Our group has been chosen to shadow the @manbookerprize with @readingagency.    We’re looking forward to reading: The Long Take by Robin Robertson   We’ll be discussing the book in an open debate on October 11th at MAC in the Hexagon (7.00- 9.00)Check back for further updates…

Classic in a Day – ‘Wuthering Heights: Dancing with Death’ – Sat 22nd Sept

Classic in a Day – ‘Wuthering Heights: Dancing with Death’ – Sat 22nd Sept 10.30am – 4pm, John Peek Room£29/£26 for Members of the BMI(lunch and refreshments not included) This “Classic in a Day” we will focus on one of the great romantic novels of our time, and ask the question: Just how romantic is…

Photos From Revolving Door

Pictures from the Hearth Centre’s wonderful performance of Revolving Door at the Old Joint Stock in June. Actors Todd Jennings, Vimal Korpal and Carl Thornley. Photography by Cardboard Zebra