My Commonwealth Story

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My Commonwealth Story is a four-day celebration created by Birmingham Stories, the National Literacy Trust’s campaign in partnership with the University of Birmingham. The campaign aims to raise literacy levels and change the life stories of young people and adults across the city.

The celebration is also part of the Connecting Stories campaign – in partnership with Arts Council England.

Taking place at the University of Birmingham Arts Building from 5-8 July, My Commonwealth Story festival will use the excitement and passion surrounding the Commonwealth Games to motivate and inspire people of all ages to engage with literacy. The festival is split into three themes:

  • One City, Many Cultures
  • Birmingham, A Host City
  • Read on, Game on

Through a packed agenda of talks, workshops and panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with high-profile authors, showcase their literacy skills and think about what the Commonwealth Games mean to them.

FREE tickets can be claimed using this form. For more information about individual events, see below.

One City, Many Cultures

Tuesday 5 July
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    My Commonwealth Story: Project Celebration

    9.30 - 10.30am
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    Young Birmingham Poets: Project Celebration

    1.30 - 2.30pm
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    Literacy and the Commonwealth Games: Get Connected

    5.30 - 7.00pm
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Birmingham, A Host City

Wednesday 6 July
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    Storytelling and Research: Interdisciplinary Academic Workshop

    9.30 - 10.30am
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    Volunteering as a Literacy Champion: Panel Discussion

    5.30 - 7.00pm
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Read On, Game On

Thursday 7 July
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    Darren Harris: BAES Author Event

    9.30 - 10.30am
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    Hannah Kumari: Key Stage 3 Author Event

    11.00 - 12.00pm
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    Sport and Literacy: Project Celebration with Manjeet Mann

    2.00 - 3.00pm
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  • Ben Lyttleton, Stoke City FC

    Team Readers: Project Launch

    5.30 - 6.30pm
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Additional Activities

Friday 8 July