Wolverhampton literature festival deemed a success by councilor

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Emma Purshouse and Kuli Kohli with Wolverhampton Mayor Greg Brackenridge at the Poet Laureate

The 2022 Wolverhampton Literature Festival drew crowds of over 1,600 to the city and saw a total of 40 events take place across eight venues.

Events at the three-day festival, which ran from Friday February 4 to Sunday February 6, included children’s storytelling, educational workshops, theater and performance, literature, poetry reading, music and art lectures.

Local author Joanna Toye at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Events kicked off with the transfer of the Wolverhampton Poet Laureate from Emma Purshouse to Kuli Kohli, at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

There were also talk events with comedians Phil Wang and Miles Jupp, at Bilston Town Hall, and Robin Ince, at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, as well as a musical chat by snooker legend Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi at the Newhampton Arts Centre.

Comedian Phil Wang ‘in conversation’ at Bilston Town Hall

The festival also included an online program for bookworms to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes, as well as paid, free and donation-only events.

Councilor Stephen Simkins, Deputy Leader of Wolverhampton Council and Cabinet Member for the City’s Economy, said: “The festival has been a huge success with a range of events that anyone can get involved in.

“It is a major asset for the city and attracts artists and visitors from all over.

“It was great to return to live events after last year’s festival went online in the wake of the pandemic. The festival offered great variety, with people of all ages participating.

BBC One’s The Repair Shop star Jay Blades at the Light House

“The feedback has been very positive, and thanks to funding from Arts Council England, we can now look forward to next year’s festival.”

Other events associated with the Literature Festival will take place throughout 2022 and for more information on how to get involved with the 2023 festival visit the contact us page at wolveslitfest.co.uk

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