The Birmingham Literature Festival starts tomorrow (Thursday) and celebrating this feast of fiction with two special events is Café Opus at Ikon gallery.
The stylish cafe, which was recently voted Birmingham’s ‘local gem’ by The Good Food Guide 2016, will be giving guests readings by some of the authors taking part in the literary festival, as well as dishes inspired by their stories.
First up is the Baltic Breakfast on Saturday 10th October at 9.30am. This is a fascinating look at the distinct literary traditions of the Baltic nations with Latvian post-modern novelist Paul Bankovskis and Lithuanian poets Indre Valentenaite and Laurynaus Katkus, who will be giving a rare reading of their work in English translation. Café Opus chefs will be adding extra flavour by serving a traditional Baltic breakfast for £12.
At Cooked Up on Tuesday 13th October, diners will be treated to an evening of short stories ranging from students battling it out with woks to the heart-warming moment a food bank visitor gets more than she bargained for. The tickets for these global reading are £8 and a two-course supper is on offer for £10.
This is the third year that Café Opus has supported the Birmingham Literary Festival and Irene Allen, director at Opus,said: “This is going to be a great opportunity to hear some of the more unusual writers that the festival will have to offer, as well as tuck into food inspired by their nations and stories.”
Tickets can be booked at www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org or on 0121 245 4455.