Book and food enthusiasts will have the opportunity to get a taste of some of the stories from this year’s Birmingham Literature Festival at a series of events hosted by Cafe Opus at Ikon.

The stylish cafe, which was recently voted Birmingham’s ‘local gem’ by The Good Food Guide 2016, will be giving guests the chance to meet and hear readings by some of the authors taking part in the literary festival, as well as enjoy dishes inspired by their stories.

Guests can feast on food and foreign literature at the ‘Baltic Breakfast’ on Saturday 10th October, which will take a fascinating look at the distinct literary traditions of the Baltic nations. Post-modern novelist Paul Bankovskis from Latvia and poets Indre Valentenaite and Laurynaus Katkus from Lithuania will be giving a rare reading of their work in English translation, whilst chefs at Cafe Opus will be adding extra flavour by serving a traditional Baltic breakfast.

At ‘Cooked Up’ on Tuesday 13th October, diners will be treated to a rare and intimate culinary experience with authors from across the globe as they each give readings from a short story collection about their favourite creative topic, food. Ranging from the absurdly funny which sees students battling it out with woks, to the heart-warming moment a food bank visitor gets more than she bargained for, not only will guests be able to hear the stories read aloud by their writers but they will also be to enjoy a two-course supper.

Irene Allen, director at Opus, said: “Being based in the Ikon gallery, we have a fantastic relationship with literature and art in the city, and what better way to celebrate this than to host events for the Birmingham Literature Festival for the third year. 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.”

In addition to these events, Cafe Opus at Ikon is also sponsoring Martin Rowson’s enlightening and amusing talk which will take place at the Library of Birmingham on Saturday 10th October. One of the UK’s most popular and well known cartoon satirists, Martin Rowson has had his work published in almost every national newspaper. As part of Birmingham Literature Festival, the talented artist will be talking through 35,000 years of visual satire, beginning with the Stone Age and finishing right up to the present day. The cafe is giving away three pairs of tickets to this event on its Twitter page, @cafeopus, asking users to caption a cartoon drawn by Birmingham-based photographer Jas Sansi.

The ‘Baltic Breakfast’ takes place at Cafe Opus at Ikon on Saturday 10th October from 9.30am. Tickets cost £12 and can be booked at www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org or on 0121 245 4455.

The ‘Cooked Up’ dinner takes place at Cafe Opus at Ikon on Tuesday 13th October from 7pm. Tickets cost £8 for the readings with a £10 supplement for the two-course dinner and can be booked at www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org or on 0121 245 4455.

The Martin Rowson talk takes place at the Library of Birmingham on Saturday 10th October from 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be booked at www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org or on 0121 245 4455.

For more information on Cafe Opus at Ikon, please visit: www.cafeopus.co.uk.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham

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