Birmingham's Midlands Arts Centre will host the Lost in Adaptation conference, exploring the links between film and literature, from December 2-4.

Speakers will include director Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham), novelist Jonathan Coe (The Rotters Club), screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions), novelist Helen Cross (My Summer of Love) and producer Sally Hibbin (Ladybird Ladybird).

Screenings will include Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, based on the John Le Carre novel.

The event will also focus on novelists and film-makers from the West Midlands.

"I'm delighted that there is now in the UK an event that celebrates the relationship between film and literature," said Roger Shannon, producer and conference organizer. "Lost in Adaptation is the first of its kind. And it is highly appropriate that a celebration of the links between film and literature is taking place in Birmingham. The city's backdrop of award winning novelists, screen writers, film makers and publishers swishes in a vibrant fusion of film and literary creativity."

The programme is organized by swish, a Birmingham-based film development and production company and consultancy. The event is also part of Urban Fusion's Big Picture film strand.