Richard Dawkins, world renowned evolutionary biologist and bestselling author, will talk about his latest book “Flights of Fancy”, an investigation into all aspects of human and animal flight.
The event will include a book signing and offer a chance to see the author of ‘The God Delusion’ in an intimate setting at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Robin Ince, who will join the festival in person after appearing online in 2021, will share “The Importance of Being Interested”, his hymn to scientific curiosity with STEM and Dr Martin Khechara of the University of Wolverhampton.
Councilor Stephen Simkins, Wolverhampton Deputy Leader of Council and Cabinet Member for the City’s Economy, said: “The festival is a major asset to the city, and we have a range of events that everyone can enjoy. get involved.
“These new additions add to the festival’s most ambitious and diverse lineup to date, with headliners such as comedians Phil Wang, Miles Jupp, Repair Shop’s Jay Blades, DJ Don Letts, the billiards legend Steve Davis, music journalist Pete Paphides, local bestseller Abi Dare, award-winning poet Liz Berry and political commentator Paul Mason.”
The festival has also added an online program for bookworms to enjoy from the comfort of their own home, with a range of free and donation-only events.
For fans of detective novels, Mark Edwards, from Wolverhampton, will join Holly Seddon and Northern Irish writers Sharon Dempsey and Brian McGilloway.
Walsall author Daniel Wiles will also launch his first Black Country-based novel, “Mercia’s Way,” an intense story set in the heat of the Industrial Revolution.
For fans of period novels, Oxford professor Abigail Williams invites people to discover the lost world of national culture and performance.
As part of the University of Wolverhampton’s Big Book Review, writer Dr Lisa Blower and Belfast novelist Jan Carson will explore the relationship between writing and place, regional identity and how the two writers explore these questions in their fiction.
The festival is organized by Wolverhampton Council and will return for its sixth year in 2022 from February 4-6.