CSL 2018 will be hosted by the University of Birmingham. The venue for the conference will be the Writers' Suite at Edgbaston Park Hotel—a brand new facility, right on the campus of the University.
Edgbaston Park Hotel, the main venue, is on the North-east of the campus. Conference breaks are across the street from the venue on Hornton Grange. The reception (Tuesday at 7pm) will be held at Lapworth Museum, on the south of the campus. The social activity will be a trip to the Black Country museum, pick up at the conference venue, Wednesday after lunch. The CSL Members' meeting will be held in the conference room (Thursday at 7pm).
The conference dinner (Wednesday 7pm) will be held at the Pasta de Piazza restaurant. The restaurant is in the city centre (Google Maps), just off St. Paul's Square, a 10m walk from New Street Station.
New Street station has a direct service to University station, going via Five Ways, with trains running every 10m and having a journey time of just 8m. From there it's a short walk across campus to the conference venue. An any time return ticket costs £3.10 (off-peak tickets are valid only after 9.30)
Buses 98 and X64 depart just outside New Street, and run also every 10m for a journey time of 8m. Edgbaston Park Hotel is served by the Westmere stop. Tickets can be purchased on the bus with exact change. A single ticket costs £2.40; a day pass £4.60. Mobile tickets for these two routes can be purchased using the app of their bus operator.
When sunny, a leisurely walk by the canal is also highly recommended.
Birmingham International offers connections to most major European airports, and to major intercontinental hubs. From there, the city center is a short train ride away, with services running as often as every 5m.
Due to its central location Birmingham is also conveniently serviced by several other airports: Manchester Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Bristol Airport, and London Gatwick Airport are about 2h by public transport; Heathrow Airport is 2h30; Stansted Airport has a direct service to Birmingham New Street that takes 3h.
Birmingham has two central train stations linking it with the rest of the country, Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Moor Street (and which are within walking distance from each other).
The conference recommended hotels are:
Other, more central, options:
Birmingham has no shortage of accommodation that can be booked via the usual websites. AirBnB in the Selly Oak area (right next to campus) might also be a (cheaper) option since the conference takes place during the school holidays.
For any doubts or comments there is a sub-reddit dedicated to CSL 2018 which others can see and use take part in the discussion.
Alternatively, just email the organizers.