The city’s second literature festival takes place at the end of the month from Friday 27 – Sunday 29 January.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Bantock House are both hosting events as part of this year’s festival.
Bantock House, Friday 26 January, 11am
Only Fools and Horses actor John Challis will be talking about his career, autobiography and his first novels that inspired the TV series The Green Green Grass.
Tickets are £12 plus booking fee
Don Powell – Look What I Dun: My Life in Slade
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Saturday 27 January, 5.30pm
Leaders of the glam rock movement, Slade were the UK’s biggest singles band in the years 1971-74. Their many hits have become rock n roll standards, not least Merry Christmas Everybody, arguably Britain’s all-time favourite Christmas song.
For Don Powell, though, success came at a price. Lucky to survive, the aftermath of his accident in 1973 included alcoholism, financial woes and a life of reckless promiscuity. Now sober and settled in Denmark with an adopted family of his own, Don Powell’s story is a no-nonsense journey to the heights and depths of the rock world.
Tickets are £9 plus booking fee
Breton Tales after Dark
Bantock House, Saturday 27 January, 7pm
Things used to go bump in the night all the time in nineteenth century Brittany. If you were really unlucky, you might even meet up with who – or what – was doing the bumping…
John Edgar is a writer and storyteller working in schools and the wider community. He has written extensively for the theatre and has also had two scripts produced on BBC Radio 4. In 2004 John gave his first performance of Breton Tales After Dark, an anthology of stories and folklore from 19th Century Brittany.
Tickets are £5 plus booking fee
Meet the Masters
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Saturday 27th January 3.30pm – 5pm
100 Masters is a campaign aiming to profile the Black Country’s experts of today, and inspire the pioneers of tomorrow. This workshop will see two of the regions 100 Masters deliver talks on their practice.
Miranda Dickinson is a renowned author who has had SIX of her books reach the Sunday Times bestseller list. Miranda lives in Dudley, and the Black Country has been the setting for several of her mega selling novels. Her talk will focus on how she got her stories out of her head and on to the page.
Dr. Ranjit Khutan has worked to improve public health in and around the Black Country for over 20 years. He is currently head of public health at Wolverhampton University and has researched the benefits of applied theatre within prison systems. He will be sharing his findings as part of his talk.
Will Self in conversation with Sebastian Groes
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Sunday 28 January, 5.30pm
Self will be in conversation with Sebastian Groes to explore the writer’s fiction. They will explore some of the thematic strands that run throughout Self’s work, and focus on the modernist trilogy, Umbrella, Shark and Phone.
Self has said of his writing that he does not seek to create characters for his readers to identify with, or to represent reality: ‘I want to astonish people.’
Tickets are £7 plus booking fee
How to get Away With Murder
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Sunday 28 January, 2pm
Local crime novelists Mark Edwards, Jenny Blackhurst and Jay Stringer have sold 3 million books between them and been nominated for numerous awards, and many of their books are around the Black Country and Shropshire.
Hear them talk about psychological thrillers, serial killers, gangsters and all things crime fiction, along with advice for aspiring authors.
Tickets are £3 plus booking fee
There are lots more events at venues including The Slade Rooms, various city libraries, the University of Wolverhampton and many more.
You can view the festival’s full programme here: http://www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk/