As part of the Riffs mission, we run events that consider, explore, and create experimental writing, primarily (but not exclusively) on the topic of music.

Keep an eye on this page for more information on future events and to explore those we have organised so far!


Upcoming Riffs Events


28th November

Vol. 2 Issue 2 Launch Event in Birmingham – venue and time TBC.



Past Riffs Events


3rd-5th September

Riffs Zine-in-three-days at ‘Crosstown Traffic’ – IASPM UK Conference, Huddersfield University – funded by the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR) and in collaboration with Footprint Workers Cooperative.

3rd August

Writing With Noise workshop, in collaboration with Ideas of Noise.

21st April

Surge in Spring zine special issue with guest editorial by Juice Aleem.



Popular music writing symposium, funded by an IASPM UK/EIRE Small Grants Fund.


Beyond Borders zine special issue at Birmingham City University’s PGR Studio conference.


Riffs Experimental writing workshop run at Birmingham City University, funded by a BCU Researcher Development Fund.