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Sell-out crowds attend city literature festival

Thousands of people flocked to the third Wolverhampton Literature Festival at the weekend.

More than 100 events offered a vast scope of literary-related workshops, readings, presentations and performances, with the majority happening from Friday to Sunday, at venues across the City of Wolverhampton.

Central Library saw a sell-out crowd for the Agatha Christie Exhibition launch talk and welcomed million-selling novelist Miranda Dickinson and Birmingham Poet Laureate Roy McFarlane, who co-hosted an event with Somerset Maughan Award-winner Liz Berry.

Politicos Ann Widdecombe and Alan Johnson were at Wolverhampton Art Gallery sharing career highlights and their thoughts.

Audiences at Bantock House Museum were entertained by Daisy Black, John Edgar and Rowena McDonald.

The Lych Gate Tavern proved a hit throughout the weekend with a hand-picked selection of festival fringe shows running for free.

While, across the city, the Arena Theatre and Light House Cinema screened classic films.

The city also came alive with readings from big names in the music industry - Tracey Thorn, at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, and Steve Lamacq, at Broad Street’s Slade Rooms.

Writing workshops, included blogging and research tips from Dr Who writer, William Gallagher, and lessons in life writing, finding an agent and self-publishing. Providing the laughs was Richard Herring, with special guest Sathnam Sanghera, to a packed crowd at Bilston Town Hall on Friday, while Newhampton Arts Centre played host to Peter Chand’s (100 Masters) new show, ‘Tales from The Motherland’.

Wolverhampton Libraries were also in on the action with plenty of children and family events including ‘Great Big Rhyme Time’, talks by children’s authors, storytelling and the winning plays from the city-wide ‘Page To Stage’ schools competition, performed by City of Wolverhampton College students.

On Sunday, Express & Star veteran Peter Rhodes returned to Wolverhampton Art Gallery with extracts from some of his favourite dispatches in a career that has taken him all over the world.

Wrapping up the festival, retired British Police Murder Squad detective, Trevor Marriott, lifted the lid on ‘The Real Truth of Jack The Ripper’, with the focus on Bilston-born Ripper victim Catherine Eddowes.

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy said:

It has been a fantastic festival and we have seen a number of people inspired by the events. We hope to make it bigger and better in 2020 and for more acts to get involved.”

For more information and to get involved next year visit or call 01902 556707.

Image caption  - ‘Page to Stage’ competition winners with City of Wolverhampton College students


Issued by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Corporate Communications Team. • For more information, please call 01902 555439.

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