FOLIO Sutton Coldfield Flash Fiction Competition

FOLIO Sutton Coldfield is celebrating the writing talent in and inspired by our local community with our brand new FOLIO Sutton Coldfield Flash Fiction Competition.

Write a short story, maximum 250 words, somehow linked to Sutton Coldfield (perhaps through setting or characters), enter it for a small fee (all funds raised will go towards enabling future FOLIO Sutton Coldfield events in support of our libraries), and be in with a chance of seeing your short story printed in the Sutton Coldfield Observer, on FOLIO Sutton Coldfield’s website and social media, and available to read in Sutton Coldfield Library. The winner will also receive £25 in book tokens.

Submissions close Midnight 14 February 2020.

The winner will be announced at our Local Authors’ Book Festival in Sutton Coldfield Library on 14 March 2020.

Publication of the winning entry in the Sutton Coldfield Observer
£25 book token

Winner and runners up:
A dedicated page on FOLIO’s website for the finalist and shortlisted authors to promote their writing
Winning and shortlisted authors’ stories will be highlighted and available to read in Sutton Coldfield library

Full details of the competition can be found here:

Our Annual Report 2018 – 2019

FOLIO Sutton Coldfield’s Board of Trustees is very pleased to be able to share with our followers and friends our Annual report for 2018-2019.

Between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 we held 141 events with 3611 people participating directly in those events. You can find out about some of these events and the impact they’ve had in our Annual Report. This document is also an opportunity for FOLIO Sutton Coldfield to thank those who funded us this year and to highlight our plans for 2019-2020. We hope you’ll find it interesting reading!

You can download the report in full by clicking here.

Want to get involved with what we do?

FOLIO Sutton Coldfield (Registered Charity No. 1175929) is a community group of Sutton Coldfield residents who want to see our public libraries not just survive, but thrive at the heart of our community.
We support and promote the current library service in Sutton Coldfield and facilitate a richly varied programme of events and activities in Sutton Coldfield Library and through library outreach.

We’re keen to welcome new volunteers to our team. Come and have some fun at the same time as making a tangible and meaningful contribution to your community!

These are some ways you can volunteer with us:

Social media supporter
Help us spread the word about FOLIO events and activities, and events and activities at other Sutton libraries via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Easy to do from home or as you commute! Time commitment: anything from 15 minutes a week upwards.

Graphic designer
Could you design the posters and social adverts for our events? Even if you could only take on some of our events this would be a great help. Time commitment: anything from an hour upwards three times a year.

School/Place of worship ambassador
Sign up to ask your school/place of worship to include information about our events and activities in their regular newsletters. We will provide you with the relevant details and then all you need to do is speak to the Head/Secretary etc and follow up to encourage them to include the info in their publications. Time commitment: anything from 30 minutes upwards three times a year.

Entirely volunteer run, every penny raised goes towards putting on more events and better promoting Sutton libraries and all they have to offer. Could you take on a sponsored challenge or arrange a quiz to raise funds for us? Time commitment: a one-off activity of a couple of hours, with plenty of support from us.

Event support
A straightforward but hugely appreciated way to help our events go smoothly – volunteer as a steward at an event, helping us set up the space and tidy away afterwards. Time commitment: anything from 2 hours (ie one event) upwards.

Activity leader
We’re always looking for new people to partner with to deliver events. Perhaps, for example you’d like to run a chess group in the library? Maybe you’d like host a writers’ group? Whatever skills and talents you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. Time commitment: anything from a single event to regular weekly activities.

Would you like to help the strategic development of FOLIO? We’re keen to recruit new Trustees to our board (full details: Time commitment: Monthly board meetings (2 hours), plus stewarding at 4 events throughout the year.

If any of these opportunities appeal to you, or you’d like to discuss your own ideas about how you might support FOLIO Sutton Coldfield please contact or get in touch via our Facebook page ( or Twitter account (@FOLIOsutcol).