Wolverhampton's First Literature Festival

I'm at Wolverhampton Art Gallery as part of the region's first literature festival (WOLF) with fellow writers Kerry Hadley-Pryce, R.M. Francis and Paul McDonald.

We are taking part in Unlooked for Places - a reading and Q&A session unearthing the region's darkest secrets and most fearful imaginings. 
Kerry Hadley-Pryce, whose debut novel The Black Country (Salt Publishing) was widely acclaimed when it hit shelves last year, said: "We write very dark, contemporary novels and stories. There's an awful lot of weird fiction that comes from the area." She talked more about the event to Paul Franks of Radio WM earlier today - catch her on the Friday Drivetime (5.20pm).

I'm reading a new short story with a dystopian twist, set in near-future Brum and featuring, appropriately enough, an art gallery. Poet R.M. Francis will be reading from his latest chapbooks 'Orpheus' and 'Transitions' to consider the identity politics stemming from the area. Paul McDonald, novelist and Head of Creative Writing at Wolverhampton University, will provide light relief by reading from 'Surviving Sting', 'Kiss Me Softly, Amy Turtle' and 'Do I Love You?'.

Unlooked for Places is at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Saturday 28 January, 5-7pm. The evening features adult content.