It’s always a joy – an inspirational, exciting, exhausting joy – to be involved in Wolves Lit Fest, and play our part in bringing great events to our city. Normally, we spend the weekend scurrying between various city centre venues, hunkering down in the Fringe Room on Saturday between racing over to the Art Gallery to curate shows there, and enjoying a pint or two and a blether at the end of it all.
This year, for obvious reasons, was very different. The festival is in its fifth year now, but the organisers faced the considerable challenge of re-inventing it online. Reader, they smashed it! Once again, the programme brought in big names from the world of literature and music, while still finding room for local writers and creatives. Above all, they did it so well that the weekend seemed effortless and seamless, and their hard work utterly invisible (which is why we’re singing their praises now).
Our sincere thanks to them for all their graft and dedication. Yes, we all look forward to a world where the festival is back in the heart of the city again, but at a time when it couldn’t be, Wolverhampton proved it’s possible to put on a rich programme of events and run them flawlessly. A selection of them are now available on the festival’s ‘on demand’ channel, which you’ll find here.
In a time of darkness, let our city bring a little light.