Welcome to The Saturday Sessions!

This month our theme is L.O.V.E. and we'll be making gifts for loved ones; so come and get creative with us during the day; drop-in activities all day for families, and some pre-bookable two-hour workshops for adults.

In the evening we are hosting our Sociable Supper; food with a portion of poetry as a conversation starter, and then.... LIVE AT THE HIVE... join us to relax and be entertained at our love-themed poetry open mic night until 10pm.

Programme & Prices 


Free family craft activities; make cards and air-dried clay keepsakes for your special someones. Heritage exhibitions. Cafe & Bakery open. Just drop-in. Last entry 3.30.


Join Deborette from B18 Leather in The Makers Studio for a leather craft workshop. Make a leather bi-fold wallet or coin purse using traditional techniques and sewing methods. Personalise it to make the perfect gift for a loved one. £18 per person (inc. VAT), plus free hot drinks. Over 18s. Advance booking essential

Image  of Deborette, leather workshop facilitator

About Deborette: 

She is a maker, designer and teacher who makes small leather goods in the Jewellery Quarter as well as running leather workshops. B18 Leather was born from Deborette's desire to experiment with leather and a pre-owned industrial sewing machine. She began experimenting with colour and pattern and this is now her point of difference with the small leather goods that she produces. 


Lunch is served. Family-friendly options. To order. Just drop-in.


Join Birmingham Poet Laureate Richard O'Brien in The Makers Studio for a workshop exploring the art of the love poem. In this writing workshop, you'll read some classic and modern romantic verse and talk about what makes a good poem specific to its subject, or to the experience of love itself. You will have the chance to write your own love poem about anything special to you and can choose either to share your work at the end, or keep it as a private memento. £18 per person (Inc. VAT), plus free hot drinks. You are welcome to bring your own drinks, including alcohol. Over 18s. Advance booking essential. (Scroll down to book a ticket).

image of Richard Obrien poet

About Richard: 

Richard O’Brien's publications include a pamphlet of love poems, 'The Emmores' (The Emma Press, 2014) and 'A Bloody Mess' (Valley Press, 2015), and work in a range of magazines and anthologies. Richard won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2017, and currently works as a Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Creativity at the University of Birmingham. He is also a commissioning editor at the Emma Press, and the Birmingham Poet Laureate 2018-2020.

7pm - Sociable Supper at The Hive

Doors open 6.45pm. Join us to share a relaxed meal with friends and neighbours, this month with a side order of poetic conversation starters. You will be given the option on booking whether you want to sit at larger shared tables or would prefer to be seated with your own group. Either is absolutely fine with us! This is not a typical restaurant and you are free to move around the space to socialise if you wish!


A Hive special; Moroccan Tagine (vg), flatbread and salads (vg), followed by Blueberry and white chocolate baked cheesecake (v) or chocolate brownie (vg). Bring your own alcohol. £18 per person (inc. VAT). Advance booking essential by Thurs 7 February. Only 30 tickets available. (scroll down to book)

LIVE AT THE HIVE : Poetry Open Mic Night


You are all welcome to our love-themed open mic night in the Heritage Room. Arrive early from 8pm if you want to sign up to read. Bring your own poem on the theme of love - romantic or platonic, requited or rebuffed, casual or long-term - or choose from the classic and modern love poems scattered around the space. Hosted by Birmingham's Poet Laureate Richard O'Brien, expect a warm welcome whether you're snuggled up or sick of it all. £3 on the door. Free if you are Joining us for supper. Bring your own alcohol. Over 18s. Just drop in.  

This event is sponsored by The Emma Press.

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Leather craft workshop

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