City of Wolverhampton's libraries* will play host to the city literature festival's 'Great Big Children's Story Time' on Saturday (27 January), between 11.30am and 12pm.

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The simultaneous story time across the venues will have a winter wonderland theme - and is free for all ages.

The whole family can listen to an exciting tale, brought to life by an expert reader at your local library.

Library staff will guide children through 30 minutes of story time fun, promoting a love of books and celebrating the magic of reading.

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "This is a fantastic way for children to get involved in the city's second literature festival.

"Getting into the habit of sharing stories, books and rhymes every day - even if only for 10 minutes - can transform a child's life, as they explore their world and make bonds, while building skills and a lifelong love of reading."

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More than 80 artists and performers will be in action across the 3 days of the City of Wolverhampton Literature Festival from Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January.

English novelist, journalist, political commentator and television personality, Will Self, will headline the festival, with events taking place across the city at Wolverhampton's libraries, art gallery, Bantock House, Archive, and other venues.

The full programme can be viewed at Type=links;Linkid=10044;Title=Wolverhampton Literature Festival event listings;Target=_blank;.

Councillor Reynolds added: "The pilot literature festival in 2017 was made possible by the generous contributions of artists and local businesses and was a great celebration of literature in our city.

"There is a great variety of entertainment lined up for 2018 and the aim is to build the event over the next five years and make it a permanent fixture in the calendar, after receiving Arts Council England funding up to 2022."

*Penn Library is closed until 6 March due to refurbishment works.

  • released: Thursday 25 January, 2018