Local writers are set to benefit from a new collaboration between the Library of Birmingham and Writing West Midlands - the regional literature development agency.
Following on from the partnership announcement between the BFI Mediatheque and the Library of Birmingham this year, this latest literary link-up is expected to generate a series of literary events during the library's opening year and see the Birmingham Book Festival adopt the Library of Birmingham as its new home when it opens in 2013.
Assistant director of culture at Birmingham City Council Brian Gambles said: “This partnership with Writing West Midlands means that library visitors will be able to access a year-round programme of writer development opportunities and literature events all under one roof.
"The building’s physical connection to the REP and the new shared studio theatre will provide enhanced opportunities for linking the written and spoken word.
"It’s an example of how we plan to build on the services we provide to the public through skill-sharing with regional and national organisations.”
Birmingham’s recently appointed Poet Laureate, Roy McFarlane who is also a student at the National Academy of Writing based at Birmingham City University added: “There is a huge amount of writing talent in this region, and this new collaboration, and the continued growth of the Birmingham Book Festival, is certain to help untapped talent to fulfil its potential.”