Wolves Litfest is in town… we’ll be there, will you?

Come and experience some of the greatest literary and musical talent from across the region at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival.

A broad programme spanning 26 – 28 January makes the Wolves Litfest one of the most comprehensive events of its kind in the UK.

The Arts Foundry will be there on Sunday at the Art Gallery, with readings of work published at the site. Local writers and poets join national and international stars in a great line-up across three days with something for everyone, young and old.

See our highlights below, or visit the Wolverhampton Literature Festival website for full listings: you can choose from poetry, theatre, music, literature, children’s events, and workshops.



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Wolf Collective: more local poets and writers, Wolves Art Gallery, 11am – 12.20pm
Poets Against Racism: Slade Rooms, 12 noon – 3.30pm
Writers’ Room at the Lych Gate Tavern: five local groups read their work, 12 noon – 5pm
Copperbird One: Poetry and prose, Wolves Art Gallery, 12.30pm – 1.40pm
Crime Writers’ Panel: How to Get Away With Murder, Wolves Art Gallery, 2pm – 3pm
Mrs Rochester’s Attic: Mantle Lane Press showcase, Wolves Art Gallery, 2pm – 3pm
The Asian Writer Short Story Prize: recent winners, Wolves Art Gallery, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
The Black Country Arts Foundry: readings from our site, Wolves Art Gallery, 4pm – 5.30pm
Will Self: in conversation with Sebastian Groes, Wolves Art Gallery, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Tony Walsh: An Evening with Longfella: Hear the Manchester poet, Slade Rooms, 7pm – 8.55pm
The Life and Times of the Tat Man: a play by David Calcutt, Arena Theatre, 7.30pm – 10pm
An Inspector Calls: an atmospheric performance, Wolverhampton Archives, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
The listings above are selected highlights and don’t include workshops. You can find a full workshops programme at the festival website.

Past events

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Coach House Writers: Wolves Art Gallery, 12.30pm – 2pm

Dawn Reeves: on her contemporary political thrillers, Central Library, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

The Festival Opening Night: Lych Gate Tavern, 7.30pm – 10pm

East of the Severn: Liz Berry, the Black Country String Band, Slade Rooms, 7pm – 9pm

Hedda Gabler: Ibsen’s classic play, until 27 Jan, Wolverhampton Grand, 7.30pm

Made in Bilston: local writers at Bilston Library, 11am – 12 noon

Music for Dogs: Carol Caffrey in a powerful work, Lych Gate Tavern, 11.30am – 12.30pm

Paul Dowswell ‘Wolf Children’: Tettenhall Library, 12 noon – 1pm

Oldbury Writers: Wolves Art Gallery, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lynsey Hanley: talking about the class system in the UK, Wolves Art Gallery, 1pm – 2pm

Enoch Powell 50 Years On: the ‘Rivers of Blood’ legacy, MC Building, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

How I Came to Be Where I Never Was: Johnny Fluffypunk, Lych Gate Tavern, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Wolf Collective: Poets and writers from the region, Wolves Art Gallery, 3.30pm – 5pm

Niall Griffiths: Reading scenes inspired by the city, at the Central Library 3.20pm – 4.30pm

Meet the Masters: the region’s brightest talents, Wolves Art Gallery, 3.30pm – 5pm

Our Beautiful Scars: Women’s Poetry, The Lighthouse, 5pm – 6.30pm

Writing to Dance: channelling the spirit of Salsa, Slade Rooms, 5pm – 7pm

Making the Cut: writers and poets on the theme of canals, Wolves Art Gallery, 7pm – 8.15pm

Breton Tales After Dark: by John Edgar, Bantock House Performance Space, 7pm – 8pm

Poetry Slam: Arena Theatre, 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Outside In: Words of Sound and Fury: from a young offenders’ institute, Wild Bytes Cafe, 7.30pm – 8.30pm


All images © Wolverhampton Literature Festival.