WCR FM at the Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Saturday, February 4th, 2023

9:00am - 7:00pm
Mander Centre Community Hub, Wolverhampton, WV1 3NH

Saturday 4th: WCR presents a day of entertainment

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Laura Jane Round - 9am – 9.15am

Laura Jane Round is a writer and performance poet from the Black Country. An alumnus of Liverpool John Moores University, they have been published many times; in places such as Lumpen JournalThe Beyond Queer Words Poetry Anthology and Take Care. Their second poetry pamphlet, TEATH, was published in 2022, by Alien Buddha Press. Round is bisexual.

Peter D Hehir - 9.15am - 9.30am

Peter is an award-winning published poet and author with 5 poetry collections to his name. Although he has been writing for the past 25 years his major breakthrough came in 2020 with his profound and heartfelt poem "The World is Closed" went viral around the world. This beautiful piece of poetry captured the hearts and minds of people on every continent.

Steven C. Davis -  9.30am – 10am

Steven C. Davis is the author of The Bookshop between the Worlds alternate-Earth novels, The Lore of the Sælvatici, part of a folk-horror reworking of the Robin Hood mythos; Less than Human, a non-paranormal paranormal romance serial, and co-author, with S. J. Stewart, of The Heart’s Cog series of NSFW action-adventure novels. They are also the creative director of Tenebrous Texts, a dark and alternative-flavoured publishing house, based in Bilston.

LIVE BROADCAST: WCR FM`s Tim Beech - 10am – 1pm

Tim Beech is an experienced broadcast and communications executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. Born in Bloxwich, in 1964, Tim was educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated as an Exhibitioner with a First-Class Degree in Modern History. He is now one of the Directors at WCR FM in Wolverhampton, presenting occasional shows and supporting other volunteers on their broadcasting journey.

Jon Hartless - 1pm – 1.30pm

Jon Hartless was born in the 1970s and has spent much of his life in the Midlands and Worcestershire. His latest series, a steampunk motor racing adventure examining the gulf between the rich and the poor, started with Full Throttle in August 2017, continued with Rise of the Petrol Queen in 2019 and Fall of the Petrol Queen in 2020, and developed further with The Death of Poppy Orpington in 2021.

Antony Nick Britt - 1.30pm – 2pm

Antony N. Britt writes page-turning tales which slap you in the face when you least expect it. He has published two novels (Dead Girl Stalking and Finding Jessica), a book of Ghost Stories, as well as the odd bit of poetry. He also has many more stories featured in various publications. He writes music and theatre reviews, and as well as performing on stage, and has written and directed two pantomimes (Oh yes, he did). He lives in a house full of books, CDs and various bits of unread paper, which may contain the secret to eternal life but are most likely pizza menus.

Leslie Scase -  2pm – 2.30pm

Leslie Scase is a former civil servant, born and educated in South Wales but living now in Shropshire. He is a member of the Crime Cymru Writers’ Collective, and the Crime Writers’ Association. He has given talks on crime and punishment in the late-Victorian period, appeared at literary festivals across the UK, and has been interviewed on radio. His current project is the Inspector Chard series, which will run to seven volumes.

Memorhyme with Dreadlockalien and Kurly - 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Memorhyme is a Midlands-based arts collective consisting of spoken word poets, teachers, musicians, animators and workshop facilitators. Steeped in a rich heritage of performance poetry and live literature, Memorhyme are proud to offer a new live experience of the spoken word. Starting with audience open mic, and moving onto our featured Memorhyme artists, this event offers a fabulous way to be engaged and entertained with words

Professor A. R. Gatrad OBE, Founder of WASUP -  3.30pm – 4pm

The Story of Three Plastic Bottles is a brilliantly written book by consultant paediatrician, Professor Gatrad OBE, ably aided by children’s author Suzanne Kalloghlian. Behind its beautifully illustrated glossy front cover hides a riveting tale, revealing what happens when people throw away plastic items thoughtlessly. This book inspires readers to look after our planet, and question if they have ever carelessly thrown away plastic items which are harming marine animals and poisoning humans?

Professor A. R. Gatrad OBE DL, Paul Ingles & Jade Smedley-Baugh - 4pm – 5pm

Join us for the world premiere of The Plastic Migrant: a new play that follows Manjolo and his wife Raksana on a perilous journey, across the seas and the world, and through their own dangerous man-made landscape. Infertility, economic disaster and blatant disregard plague their lands, but not everyone chooses to see. Manjolo sees. Plastic is a harmful and plentiful pollutant that destroys and poisons natural habitats and ecosystems. Difficult to break down and impossible to eradicate, plastics continue to plague our earth and cause widespread, irreversible damage.

Poets Against Racism -  5pm – 6pm

Poets Against Racism with Manjit Sahota, Robert Punton, Ian Henery, Maurice Malcolm and Riley Daley.

Jason N. Smith - 6pm – 6.30pm

Jason N. Smith is an award-winning writer and spoken word artist, and has performed at Roundhouse, Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, The National Theatre, The St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, and various festivals and events nationally. He has also been involved in BBC Listener Project, National Prison Radio at BBC Broadcasting House, and recently opened the HMPNPS National Care Experienced Peoples Conference at Leicester Racecourse.

Adrian Middleton - 6.30pm - 7pm

The son of a police officer, he has been a father, journalist, bouncer, civil servant, policy adviser, publisher, freelance consultant and a business district manager. Throughout all of these identities he has been a writer of weird and speculative fiction. His first short story collection, "Scars", is published in January 2023.

Date: Saturday 4 February

Venue: Mander Centre Community Hub

Age range: Adults

Price: Free


Mander Centre Community Hub
Lower Mall Mander Centre

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