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
Past Riffs Events
International and hybrid Zine in a Day event in Collaboration with and funded by IASPM Canada.
This zine was created in one day at a workshop hosted by Centrala art space in the creative quarter Digbeth, Birmingham, in July 2019. The workshop and publication were part of the programme for the Home of Metal project which celebrates with a series of exhibitions and events the 50th anniversary of legendary Black Sabbath and the role of Birmingham for global heavy metal culture.
Prague Building the Scenes Zine Special Issue produced in two days at Building the Zines? Conference, hosted by The Institute of Czech History at Univerzita Karlova, Prague (Czech Republic).
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.
Writing With Noise workshop, in collaboration with Ideas of Noise.
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.