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Protest Zine and Writer Residencies to Champion Birmingham's Community Libraries

Two Birmingham writers and library-lovers, Liz Berry and Catherine O'Flynn, have assembled a team of 35 brilliant Birmingham writers to make a protest zine, championing Brum's community libraries against the proposed cuts. 

Inspired by the idea that every Birmingham library is precious and worth fighting for, the library zine team has paired a writer with each of Brum's community libraries. Throughout June, the writers will head out to their libraries on micro-residencies where they'll explore, read, chat, dream, write and then create a short piece inspired by their visit. 

All 35 pieces will be gathered into a final printed zine. The zines will be made in a beautifully old school DIY style and freely available at every library for users to take away and keep.

Writers involved in the project range from Birmingham legends to up-and-coming new talent and include Jonathan Coe, Kit de Waal, Casey Bailey, Ruth Millington, Mark Billingham, Steven Camden, Mike Gayle, and Stuart Maconie. 

To stay updated & find out more about the zine, see: Instagram @brumlibraryzine | X @BrumLibraryZine

Images courtesy Brum Library Zine.

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