BBC One’s The Repair Shop star Jay Blades has joined the Wolverhampton Literature Festival lineup, it has been revealed.
The popular festival, hosted by Wolverhampton Council, will return for the sixth year between February 4-6.
Sports legends Steve Bull and Steve Davis have also joined the festival lineup.
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The festival aims to champion the creative voices of Wolverhampton and the West Midlands at large – and to provide a platform to showcase their talents.
Repair shop presenter Jay Blades, who lives in Shropshire and has a workshop in Wolverhampton, will speak with award-winning artist and producer Dawinder Bansal about his moving memoir Making It.
He sketches an adolescence marked by violent racism in high school and police brutality.
Comedian, actor and writer Miles Jupp joins the line-up with his debut novel History. Pete Paphides also joins the festival to discuss his acclaimed new book and wider career with DJ and promoter Dave Travis.
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An event with Wolves and English football legend Steve Bull will include an on-stage interview and a chance to ask questions from the venue.
There will also be a golden opportunity to meet Steve behind the scenes, get a photo and a signed article, with the proceeds going to a local charity.
And Steve Davis will share the unlikely story of a six-time world snooker champion turned techno DJ and his relationship to psychedelic True Believer, Kavus Torabi, and their adventures as emerging underground music legends, The Utopia Strong.
Wolverhampton Council Deputy Head Councilor Stephen Simkins said: “The festival is a huge success and an important part of our events program in the city. In 2021 we have reached an international audience and hope to reach them again with the exciting program we have. scheduled for 2022.
“The festival gives talented people in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands a platform to showcase their talents, talk about things they care about and break down some of the barriers we face in the world today.
“There is a range of events for all ages, and it’s fantastic to see that so many famous actors, as well as local talent, want to support the festival.
“It will be an exciting weekend of literature, poetry, prose and storytelling. “
Organizers will monitor government guidelines on Covid regulations and any changes to the festival will be taken into account and customers notified.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information on the festival visit www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk.
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