Past Events

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Zoom Event – Poetry Workshop with Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger

Date: February 14, 2021

Time: 1.30 pm til 3.30pm

Location: On Zoom

Join Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger for a creative writing workshop designed to get you writing love poetry – whilst avoiding cliche! Have a go at creating a sonnet and a piece of concrete poetry for someone special. A fun, friendly workshop. Beginners welcome.

Price: £10 (+ booking fee) 

Book your place here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/valentines-verses-tickets-133139386489?aff=

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Zoom Event – In Conversation with Emma Purshouse

Date: February 14, 2021

Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Location: On Zoom

Join Emma Purshouse, Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton, as she launches her debut novel, ‘Dogged’. Emma will read extracts from her work and talk to Steve Pottinger from Ignite books about its creation.

Price: £3 (+ booking fee)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-conversation-with-emma-purshouse-tickets-133142429591?aff=

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Zoom Event – Poetry Competition Winners

Date: February 14, 2021

Time: 11.30 am - 1.00 pm

Location: On Zoom

Come and join this year’s  judge Liz Berry as she talks about the process of choosing a winner, and hear winning and shortlisted poets read their submissions for Wolverhampton Literature Festival Poetry Competition 2021.   The theme this year was ‘Aspects of Love’, so here’s an ideal way to spend a Valentine’s Day afternoon.

Price: Free event, but you do need to reserve a place as places will be limited.

Tickets here:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poetry-competition-winner-show-tickets-133139139751?aff=

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Online Event – The Fringe Room – Isobel’s War

Date: February 13, 2021

Time: 1.30 pm til 2.30pm

Location: On Zoom

WWII saw plenty of women learning things and Isobel decides there are better ways to spend the war than worrying bout her RAF husband. She joins the ‘trainees’ and finds a world of boats she didn’t know existed – as well as lots of coal, calamities and cocoa!

We are asking for a £1 nominal fee to secure your virtual seat in the Zoom.

Please note a virtual hat will be provided prior to and after the performance. Any proceeds made through the virtual hat will be given directly to the performer.

Secure your place here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fringe-room-kate-saffin-isobels-war-tickets-133164311039?aff=

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Zoom Event – The Fringe Room – Ian Elmslie

Date: February 13, 2021

Time: 2.30 pm til 3.30 pm

Location: On Zoom

‘A Marvellous Party’, is a ticklish but heartfelt “thank you” letter to his heroes and heroines.

About this Event

Ian Elmslie is an occasional actor, singer, songwriter, cabaret performer, author, educator and prison contractor. Or, in his words, a Jacqueline of all trades and a mistress of none. His memoir “A Marvellous Party”, published by Ignite Books, is a ticklish but heartfelt “thank you” letter to his heroes and heroines, who threw down a pathway of glittering breadcrumbs to guide him from where and who he was to where and what he wanted and needed to be. Out, proud, and still wearing too much make-up for a man of his age.

 

We are asking for a £1 nominal fee to secure your virtual seat in the Zoom.

Please note a virtual hat will be provided prior to and after the performance. Any proceeds made through the virtual hat will be given directly to the performer.

Secure your place here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fringe-room-ian-elmslie-tickets-133159715293?aff=

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Zoom Event – The Fringe Room – Genre Fluid

Date: February 13, 2021

Time: 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Location: On Zoom

Dan Webber, stand-up poet, reluctant bear and attempted vegan strips… away labels of life, love, the arts and the LGBTQ+ community in this fast-paced, honest and hilarious debut. Under constant pressure from marketing people to decide whether he is a comic or poet, Dan navigates through the confusing world of definitions.

Named Best Solo Show at Morecambe Fringe Festival 2020

“When faced with material as witty, earnest, and well-observed as this, the last thing that should concern us is which box it goes in.” – Out In Print

“His words are a ride, gliding through intimate storytelling before surging into an eddy of intricate rhymes designed to trip your mind” – Marbles Magazine

We are asking for a £1 nominal fee to secure your virtual seat in the Zoom.

Please note a virtual hat will be provided prior to and after the performance. Any proceeds made through the virtual hat will be given directly to the performer.

Secure your place here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fringe-room-dan-webber-gender-fluid-tickets-133159986103?aff=

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Zoom Event – Joelle Taylor with Ben Davis (last year’s slam winner)

Date: February 13, 2021

Time: 8.00pm - 9.30pm

Location: On Zoom

Join Joelle Taylor and Ben Davis as they speak about their journey through poetry.

Joelle, an award-winning poet playwright, author and editor will be sharing her stories of travelling the world with her poetry and giving us an insight into her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet. Ben will be joining Joelle in this discussion and sharing how poetry can be adapted for all ages with a few gags along the way.

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor who has recently completed touring Europe, Australia, Brazil and South East Asia with her latest collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She is widely anthologised, the author of 3 full poetry collections and three plays and is currently completing her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet. She has featured on radio and television and founded SLAMbassadors in 2001 – the UK’s national youth slam championships remaining its Artistic Director until 2018. Her work is taught as part of the English GCSE syllabus, and she has received a Change Maker Award and a Fellowship of the RSA, as well as being longlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. She is the host and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK’s Centre’s premier poetry and music club, currently resident at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room.

Ben Davis is an award-winning author of children’s books. His fast-paced, gag-filled poems are very much for adults, though.

Price£10 (+ booking fee)

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headline-poet-joelle-taylor-ben-davis-tickets-133700715439?aff=

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Online Event – The Fringe Room – Liv Torc

Date: February 13, 2021

Time: 11.30 am - 12.30 pm

Location: On Zoom

Haiflu Ever After – Haiflu Ever After
And nothing makes sense
but in telling our stories
we learn who we are.

Part poetry show, part inspirational talk, spoken-word artist and inventor of the Haiflu, Liv Torc, will take you on an entertaining journey through the pandemic poetry project that engaged thousands of people across the world. During the hour-long show Liv will also perform some of her own highly-acclaimed poetry and invite members of the audience to offer up their own haiflu to be read aloud.

Project Haiflu started in Match 2020 when Liv asked her friends on Facebook to share how they were feeling about the lockdown. What resulted was 12 weekly poetry films, combining original photography and music and a special event for libraries – all of which makes up an incredible social history archive of an extraordinary time. Haiflu even ended up featured on BBC R4’s Today Programme.

Secure a seat with a £1 fee (plus booking fee)
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fringe-room-liv-torc-haiflu-ever-after-tickets-133156523747?aff=
In true fringe style we will be taking donations via the virtual bucket after each fringe room performance.  All money donated after an event goes to the performer.

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Online Event – The Fringe Room – The Snoopy Question

Date: February 13, 2021

Time: 12.30 pm to 1.30pm

Location: On Zoom

Matt Black thinks he might be a dog, and that dogs have all the answers. Joyful and powerful entertainment with cheap props, surprising dog facts, excellent poems, and Snoopy’s answer to world peace. Poetry, comedy and science collide! “Barking brilliant” Lola the Dog

We are asking for a £1 nominal fee to secure your virtual seat in the Zoom.

Please note a virtual hat will be provided prior to and after the performance. Any proceeds made through the virtual hat will be given directly to the performer.

Book you space here:

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fringe-room-matt-black-the-snoopy-questions-tickets-133157859743?aff=

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Zoom Event – Stay Up Your Own End

Date: February 12, 2021

Time: 8.00pm - 9.45pm

Location: On Zoom

In the summer of 2020, the Black Country’s regular poetry events were all on hold because of Covid-19. Poets Prattlers and Pandemonialists organised a series of five online events, made possible with the support of Creative Black Country, asking for poems which celebrated the different areas of our region. They received hundreds of submissions. This event will feature a short talk about the project, and sets from each of the poets whose pieces won the £25 prize for Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, and Stourbridge.

Price£1 (+ booking fee) 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stay-up-your-own-end-tickets-133132497885?aff=

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