Sandwell Libraries will be hosting a “bigger and better than ever” Literature Festival in March, with a range of daytime and evening events across the six towns.
With a mix of author talks, history fayres, live music and theatre, the festival runs from the 14 to 28 March.
This year, Sandwell Libraries are thrilled to announce Roger Ellory, Mike Gayle and Joanna Toye among the line-up of authors attending. They will be discussing their work and writing experiences and on hand to answer questions and sign books at libraries across the borough.
The festival will open on Saturday 14 March with Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer at Thimblemill Library, a funny and visually stunning one-man performance which includes a bedazzling mixture of theatre, dance and film.
Actor Neil Gore will be bringing the novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists to life in his one-man magic lantern show at Central Library West Bromwich on Saturday 28 March to close the festival. The well-received theatre production by Townsend Productions brings the 1914 novel, set in the building trades of Edwardian England, to life.
The Whiskey Poets, featuring bestselling author Roger Ellory and Martin Smith (formerly of ELO), will be showcasing their country-blues music at Blackheath Library on Saturday 21 March in a show not to be missed.
Councillor Wasim Ali, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “This year’s Literature Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, building on last year’s programme of events with some great talks, live concerts, theatre and history fayres.
“Our libraries are at the heart of our communities in Sandwell and have become a real centre of live entertainment for people to enjoy.”
During the festival fortnight, there will be two opportunities to attend local history fairs which will have guest speakers, stallholders and book signings showcasing the Black Country – pop into Smethwick Library and Wednesbury Library for a programme of the different speakers on each day.