The highly anticipated eighth Wolverhampton Literature Festival is set to take place from Friday 2 February to Sunday 4 February, 2024.

This annual event will bring together literary enthusiasts, renowned speakers, and emerging talent from around the country, to celebrate Wolverhampton, literature and arts and culture within the city. 

In preparation, the festival organising committee is delighted to announce an open call for proposals. Local and national acts are invited to submit their proposals for author sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and interactive performances.

Wolverhampton Literature Festival looks to champion the creative voices of Wolverhampton and the West Midlands, to provide a platform to showcase the talents of its creative community. It is a Literature Festival, but it is open to deliver a range of art forms. So, if you have an idea or would like to showcase your talents on its stages, please get in touch. 

Submissions are encouraged from those who are underrepresented in our programming including, but not limited to, disabled artists and people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds. 

Please submit your proposals through the online form Proposal Form or as a 5-10 min audio/video entry by emailing

The proposal submission deadline is Monday 18 September, 2023.

In your application please outline: 

  • Proposed session title
  • Speaker(s) biography and contact information
  • Proposal Outline (max 250 words)
  • Budget Breakdown (Include Artist Fees, Commissioning Fees, Materials, Venue Costs, Proposed Sales etc.)
  • Any special requirements or technical needs

Proposals will be evaluated based on their creativity, relevance, and potential to engage the audience. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-October.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Visitor City, Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal, said: “This is a fantastic festival to get involved with.

“We have had many great acts over the years and we welcome new and upcoming artists and creators.” 

Wolverhampton Art Gallery is free to visit Monday to Saturday (10.30am to 4.30pm) and Sundays (11am to 4pm). Glaze eatery is open Monday to Saturday (10.30am to 4pm) and Sunday (11am to 3.30pm). 

For more information visit Wolverhampton Arts & Culture.