OxfamReads! Andrew Thornton

Tuesday, August 23rd at 4 pm Kings Heath resident Andrew Thornton’s “South Staffords at War” is the first of two volumes that tells the story of WWI soldiers through their letters, diaries and newspaper accounts. Andrew will read their letters and talk about the soldiers who wrote them. He can also answer your questions about … Continue reading OxfamReads! Andrew Thornton

OxfamReads! David Benjamin Blower

Tuesday, September 13th at 4 pm David Benjamin Blower is a writer of theological books, a prolific musician, and an activist from Birmingham, UK. His writing, like his music, is characterised by his political and religious vision and apocalyptic imagination. The Event Come for readings, thoughts and discussion around David’s new book, Sympathy for Jonah: … Continue reading OxfamReads! David Benjamin Blower

South Sudan Fundraiser

Sunday, October 25th. Starts at 12 pm. Auction at 1:45 pm. An exciting day of Sudanese music featuring Hassan Salih Nour, young spoken word artists, food and an auction of wooden sculptures. All donations go to Oxfam’s South Sudan programme. To learn more about our work go to

The Curated Shelf

We asked five local authors and members of our OxfamReads! series to curate shelves from the our donated offerings. The Curated Shelf goes on display on September 21st. Participating authors include: Jo Ind, former Birmingham Post writer; David Hart, 1997/8 Birmingham Poet Laureate; Catherine O’Flynn, winner 2008 First Novel Award at the Costa Book Awards; … Continue reading The Curated Shelf

OxfamReads! Charlie Hill

Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 4 pm. Charlie Hill is the author of three Birmingham-set books. The first — a political love story called “The Space Between Things” — was published in 2010. The Times called it “a celebration of Moseley” while the Observer said it was “inventive and full of promise.” Three years later, … Continue reading OxfamReads! Charlie Hill

OxfamReads! to kids

Free event for kids of all ages. Thursday, July 9th from 4 to 4:30 pm. Our shop manager, Ladi Dell’aira, will read an interactive story for kids of all ages.

OxfamReads!: Katharine D’Souza

Free event! Thursday, June 25th at 4 p.m. In this session, local author Katharine D’Souza will read from and talk about her novels Deeds Not Words and Park Life, both set in Birmingham. Deeds Not Words finds a museum curator uncovering secrets from her own family’s history and being inspired by a suffragette ancestor to do … Continue reading OxfamReads!: Katharine D’Souza

OxfamReads! : Gaynor Arnold

Free Event: Thursday, June 11th at 4 p.m. Gaynor Arnold was born and brought up in Cardiff, but has lived in Birmingham for many years. She used to be a social worker but is now a full-time writer. Her first novel Girl in a Blue Dress (inspired by the marriage of Charles Dickens) was long-listed for … Continue reading OxfamReads! : Gaynor Arnold

OxfamReads!: Andew Killeen

Free event! Thursday, May 28th at 4 p.m. Andy will talk about books that have influenced him, and how writers respond to the work of other writers. Andrew Killeen was born in Birmingham, and studied English Literature at Corpus Christi College Cambridge. His first novel, The Father of Locks (Dedalus, 2009) was described by The … Continue reading OxfamReads!: Andew Killeen

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