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City Literature Festival set to grow after funding boost

Next year's Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival (WOLF) has received a funding boost from Arts Council England.

Arts Council England Chair Sir Nicholas Serota and Councillor John Reynolds at Wolverhampton Art Gallery - one of the literature festival’s venue
Sir Nicholas Serota and Councillor John Reynolds

The city's inaugural festival in January proved a popular event with audiences.

Following a successful bid from City of Wolverhampton Council's libraries service, it has now secured £13,250 from the Arts Council's Grants for Arts programme to help it grow in 2018.

The additional funding means the literature festival's future is secured for the next 5 years, with money from the Arts Council England National Portfolio for organisations already in place for 2019 to 2022. The 2018 festival, from Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January, will follow a similar format to the first as organisers look to build it over the next 5 years and make it a permanent fixture in the calendar.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "We will grow the festival over the next few years to create a unique Wolverhampton flavour.

"Themes will include music and literature, politics and journalism, and community voices.

"People at different stages of their careers will also be given a chance to perform alongside headline acts."

Organisers are keen to hear from writers, poets and community groups who want to get involved and link in with the festival's programme of authors and speakers, which will be announced in the coming months.

Anyone interested has until Sunday 8 October to get in touch and submit an event as part of the festival. Please contact Phil Turner by emailing phil@wolvescivic.co.uk or call 01902 556707.

The festival is also being supported by the University of Wolverhampton and Express & Star.

  • released: Friday 22 September, 2017