With the first ever Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival just around the corner, What's On have selected our top five picks from across the festival.

To find out more and to see the full listings of events and activities across the weekend, click here.


Doreen: On Books

Doreen: On Books - University of Wolverhampton, Sat 28 Jan

Join regional treasure and notorious lazy cow Doreen Tipton in the hallowed halls of the University of Wolverhampton, as she makes her own unique contribution to our literary festival. The world’s most unlikely academic will deliver a truly unforgettable lecture on classic English Literature - from Shakespeare to Hello Magazine – and probably chuck in a couple of funny videos as well. Doreen will also expound several new theories which are bound to cause serious scholars to re-examine the entire universe.

This ground-breaking lecture will be followed by a meet and greet and selfie session and, for those that could be arsed, a book-signing of her worst-selling autobiography From Rug-Rats to Riches.

In keeping with the fine traditions of promoting education for everyone, the lecture is not suitable for children under 15 0r indeed anyone who takes literature too seriously.

Session time: One hour.


Miles Hunt - The Wonder Stuff

Miles Hunt - The Wonder Stuff - The Slade Rooms, Fri 27 Jan

Join The Wonder Stuff frontman and raconteur 'Miles Hunt' as he chronicles the next 4 years of The Wonder Stuff. Hear Miles' personal anecdotes and inside stories of their most commercially successful period, with the band scoring a chart-topping hit, playing a massive homecoming show at Walsall's Bescot Stadium, touring the US and their decision to quit whilst at the top.


Art Workshop with Steve Smallman

Art Workshop with Steve Smallman - Central Library, Sat 28 Jan

Steve Smallman, author, illustrator, muralist (and show off!) will be reading his stories, talking about where his ideas come from, drawing 'Story Pictures' (in purple pencil) based on ideas suggested by the children and giving tips on how to draw. Steve Smallman is a successful, illustrator of Children’s picture books including ‘The Lamb Who Came to Dinner’ and award winning ‘Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater.

Free Tickets from Central Children's Library. Children 5 upwards and illustrators of any age.

Booking essential as places are limited. Call 01902 552023


Sathnam Sanghera

Sathnam Sanghera - Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Sat 28 Jan

Sathnam Sanghera was born to Punjabi parents in the West Midlands in 1976, attended Wolverhampton Grammar School and graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with a first class degree in English Language and Literature in 1998. Before becoming a writer he (among other things) worked at a burger chain, a hospital laundry, a market research firm, a sewing factory and a literacy project in New York.

Between 1998 and 2006 he was at The Financial Times, where he worked (variously) as a news reporter in the UK and the US, specialised in writing about the media industries, worked across the paper as Chief Feature Writer, and wrote an award-winning weekly business column. Sathnam joined The Times as a columnist and feature writer in 2007 and has presented a number of radio documentaries for the BBC.

Sathnam’s first book, The Boy With The Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton, was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Biography Award, the 2009 PEN/Ackerley Prize and named 2009 Mind Book of the Year. It is being adapted for TV by Kudos and Parti Productions, to air on the BBC in the autumn of 2017.

Sathnam will be in conversation with Paul McDonald.


The Singular Exploits Of Sherlock Holmes - Newhampton Arts Centre, Sat 28 Jan

Featuring the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career. The show also includes snippets of his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved. The performance is an affectionate one-man homage to the world’s greatest detective that includes quick costume changes, some audience participation and wry humour.