Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council the festival returns for its fifth year over valentines’ weekend (12 – 14 Feb) celebrating the creative communities living and from the Black Country and further!

Oliver Halfin
Oliver Halfin

From authors, poets, writers and storytellers to puppeteers, podcasters and vloggers, the programme of events features a variety of entertainment and a high-quality experiences for audiences from the comfort of their own home.

Among the headliners for this year’s festival are journalist and documentary filmmaker, Jon Ronson, who will be recounting some of his greatest adventures from across his 30 year career; and author and TV star of Coronation Street and Dinnerladies, Shobna Gulati, will be speaking with award-winning artist Dawinder Bansal to discuss her newly-released book ‘Remember Me’.

Patrick Vernon

Patrick Vernon OBE, will be sharing a few different approaches and lessons for Wolverhampton on celebrating and recording the collective history; author and columnist, Sathnam Sanghera, will be discussing his latest Book ‘Empireland: How Imperialism has Shaped Modern Britain’ and Jed Mercurio, creator of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, will be discussing his outstanding crime writing career.

Heavy Metal God, Rob Halford, frontman of Judas Priest, returns to his Black Country roots to discuss his candid and revealing memoir ‘Confess’ which charts his journey from a council estate to international musical fame.

Oliver Halfin

Author Will Self alongside with lecturers will be looking at the intricacies of remembering fiction we read in the past and how our perspective changes when we re-read stories. Popular comedian and co-host of Radio 4's award winning 'Infinite Monkey Cage', Robin Ince, will also be joining the line up along with Wolverhampton’s funny lady Susan Murray to discuss his book ‘I’m A Joke and So Are You’.

Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists bring their Fringe Room, Poetry Slam and a Valentine’s workshop. Joelle Taylor, award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor, will be telling audiences of her travelling the world with her poetry and giving an insight into her debut book of short stories ‘The Night Alphabet’. Local poet, Kuli Kohli, will be exploring her rise to fame, from her childhood in Wolverhampton, her journey to publication, and recent international coverage of her life story.

There will be a number of workshops that will help writers, poets and performers with takeaway tips and approaches to help on a creative journey. Learn about character-building, poetry writing and performance. Nick Bailey, EastEnders star of stage and screen, will provide a special masterclass

On Saturday, February 13, the Children’s Festival take place. Sohan Kailey takes an amazing musical dance journey from Wolverhampton around the world. Ben Davis, award-winning author, gives a rundown of his top writing tips and children can get interactive by helping him create a new character

Tickets and more information are available at www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk (booking fees do apply).

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