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Literature festival headline shows in high demand

Tickets are flying out of the door for the headline acts at next week's Wolverhampton Literature Festival (Friday 1 February to Sunday 3).

Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2019 - Poetry
Literature Festival 2019 - Poetry

The annual literature festival returns for its third year and is proving popular.

Events involving Stewart Lee and John Cooper Clarke have already sold out, with Tracey Thorne close to following suit.

There are only a few tickets remaining for Richard Herring's podcast at Bilston Town Hall, after it was announced he will be joined on stage by City of Wolverhampton's very own Sathnam Sanghera.

But it's not just about the big names. If you want to further your skills and see how they can be adapted to paper or performed there are a number of poetry workshops available including a Q&A session at Central library, on Saturday 2 February with Liz Berry. She will be on hand to answer any questions about her latest collection 'The Republic of Motherhood', which turns her distinctive voice to the joy and anguish of becoming a mother, through its darkest hours.

Accompanying Liz will be Roy McFarlane. Roy was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years in the City of Wolverhampton and the Black Country. He was Birmingham's Poet Laureate and is presently the Birmingham & Midland Institute Poet in Residence.

Also, on the Saturday stand up poet, comedian, broadcaster, recumbent rocker and walking shortbread tin, Elvis McGonagall, is performing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

On Sunday 3 February, at independent cinema the Light House, there is local poetry from the 'Black Country Women'. Their work presents lives in the Black Country featuring poems from 'Nailmakers' Daughters', 'The Poetry of the Black Country' and 'Close'.

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "There is so much to get involved with as part of Wolverhampton Literature Festival that visitors are spoilt for choice.

"I want to thank all the performers that have agreed to take part in the 2019 programme and hope that everyone has a fantastic time."

There are a number of free events taking place across the city including Wolf Fringe Room presents Matt Panesh: 'Greyhound: Journey Thru' the Dark Heart of America' at the Lych Gate Tavern, and Rupinder Kaur & Nafeesa Hamid at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, and Poets Against Racism at the Arena Theatre, to name just a few.

There is still time to grab your tickets and indulge in the literature delights, see performances, readings, and take part in workshops.

Visit Wolverhampton Literature Festival to see the full programme and how to get tickets.

  • released: Friday 25 January, 2019