Wolverhampton could see its first ever literature festival in the New Year.

City of Wolverhampton Council is holding a public meeting at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, on Friday 15 April at 6.30pm, to gauge interest in the idea.

Local writers, volunteers, board members and room curators are being sought to help make the festival become a reality.

Events would take place across the city's public spaces such as the Art Gallery, Bantock House and the Wulfrun Hall from Friday 27 January to Sunday 29 January.

Phil Turner, City of Wolverhampton Council Events Officer, said: "The theme for the year will be based on the city's motto 'Out Of Darkness Cometh Light', which would give the festival a broad base for its contributors.

"The talks themselves would mostly be free for the public to attend, with the exception of high-profile speakers who demand an appearance fee, meaning their talks will be ticketed.

"While we are obviously hoping to attract writers, we are also open to enthusiasts of literature or indeed different fields, like historians who may give insights about a facet of the local area, or music fans who want to talk about Wolverhampton's music scene.

"The aim is to grow the festival on an annual basis."

For more information please contact Phil Turner on 01902 556707 or email phil@wolvescivic.co.uk.

  • released: Wednesday 6 April, 2016