Hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Literature Festival returns from 2 to 4 February, 2024 for its eighth year.

The festival is happy to announce more acts to its already exciting programme.

Joining the stellar line up in the new year, frontwoman of The Selecter and undisputed Queen of Ska, DMF Music presents Pauline Black OBE, at Newhampton Arts Centre on Thursday 1 February for an exclusive pre festival ‘in conversation’ event, sharing her story of music, race, family and roots, as chronicled in her critically acclaimed memoir ‘Black By Design.’ 

Newhampton Arts Centre will also be hosting ‘GHOST HUNS’ a live version of the popular podcast led by Hannah Byczkowski and Suzie Preece, bringing the world’s creepiest ghost stories to Wolverhampton, as told in their hilarious and honest fashion. 

The festival will be welcoming award winning comedian and broadcaster, Josie Long, as she discusses her frank, funny fiction debut collection Because I Don’t Know What You Mean And What You Don’t. There will be the return of festival favorite Robin Ince performing the critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit Weapons of Empathy - his first solo stand up show in Wolverhampton for 5 years, which promises to take audiences on a celebratory tour of all the places books can take us. 

In 2024, the festival is proud to be part of the presentation of Writing Under A Fire, a collection of prose and poetry that reflects on Russia’s war against Ukraine, with writing from Black Country writers in response to pieces written by Ukrainian Poets and writers.
The children’s festival is also growing, with Professor Black performing at Warstones and Bilston Libraries, telling sea legends from all over the world, full of creatures, monsters, and terrible things that lurk in the depths of the ocean. 

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Visitor City, Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal, said: “The Wolverhampton Literature Festival is a fantastic event and I am so pleased that we have been able to announce more acts to the already spectacular line up. 

“I urge everyone to come along and see what the festival has to offer as it has grown year on year in the city and I look forward to welcoming the performers.”

Tickets for the 2024 Wolverhampton Literature Festival are on sale now. For more information visit Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2024.