Lots of events are free but please note many are ticketed, sometimes free, sometimes payable.


Thursday 30 March 8pm. KING KONG COMEDY NIGHT. Beware of fake humour! Don’t get taken in by jokes that appear to be funny on the surface but are, in fact, not faintest bit amusing. You might laugh now but you’ll soon be laughing, as the saying goes, on the other side of your face. (Just what does than mean?) It’s free but we’d appreciate an idea of numbers so please book at www.eventbrite.com.


Saturday 1 April 7pm. BIRMINGHAM HORROR GROUP. If you're interested in the dark fantasy fiction of such writers as M R James, Shirley Jackson and Steven King or the films of George Romero, Sam Raimi and Guillermo Del Toro come along and join us, Birmingham Horror Group, at the Gunmakers Arms. This is a relaxed forum for all fans of the genre to discuss their favourite artists and film makers, with occasional exclusive movie screenings and special guests from leading creators.

Wednesday 4 April 6.30pm. PSYCHOLOGIST IN THE PUB: Leoni Koutsou. Cheers! Alcohol & its uses. Like it or not (and we mostly like it) booze is part of British culture. We use it (responsibly, of course) to celebrate, relax and, *sob*, forget. And that's all OK. But how much alcohol is too much? Don't worry, this is not a tut-tutting, finger-wagging lecture! It's a fascinating look at drinking patterns, the impact of drinking and how professionals, and also the public, can measure drinking levels. Leoni will also be looking at regional and national statistics. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session. (As in Q. Would you like a drink? A. Er, well ... ). Free entry, no booking.

Saturday 15 April 12pm-12am BIRMINGHAM Viva! VEGAN FESTIVAL. Since all Two Towers Brewery are vegan it's only natural (pun intended) that, as the brewery tap, we'll be hosting the beer festival part of the Birmingham Vegan Festival. Here's the festival website.

Tuesday 25 April. HISTORICAL TALK: Tracey Thorne - History Painted on the Walls ; Birmingham's Ghost Signs. Remnants of old hand-painted signs, known as 'ghost signs', can be found across Birmingham, with the earliest dating back to the 19th Century. They provide a visual census of local businesses operating or products sold from these premises. Through them we can unravel stories about Birmingham's past and understand how Birmingham has changed over time. Several years ago Tracey Thorne began documenting Birmingham's ghost signs and will be showing examples to illustrate how they connect to our city's history and what they tell us about life in Birmingham. The talk will also provide an opportunity to explore some interesting questions that the research raises about how we protect our city's heritage: should we preserve them or let them fade?
Tickets are available for £1 (+66p booking fee) from Eventbrite or £2 on the door.


Saturday-Sunday 27-28 May. BIRMINGHAM FEARFEST. With a programme spread over both days and running late into Saturday evening, the convention will include guest appearances by writers, film-makers and artists, reflecting the full spectrum of the horror genre. In addition, there will be screenings, panels, workshops and dealers’ tables. More details from the organisers: Birmingham Horror Group.