WOLVERHAMPTON LITERATURE FESTIVAL
FRIDAY 26TH - SUNDAY 28TH JANUARY 2018
WoLF COLLECTIVE: ROMALYN ANTE, ABDA KHAN, AMARJIT NAR, HARDISH VIRK & THE POETRY OF WIN SAHA (SELECTED BY WIN AND READ IN TRIBUTE TO HER)
WOLVERHAMPTON ART GALLERY
Sunday 28th January - 11am
SPECIALLY CURATED BILL FOR THE FESTIVAL, BY THE FESTIVAL
From the pens of a diverse group of writers comes poetry, prose and excerpts from novels.
Writers draw from life experiences to bring you tales from around the world.
Come, meet and hear…
Romalyn Ante Romalyn Ante grew up in the Philippines. She recently won both the Manchester Creative Writing Prize and the Creative Future Literary Awards for Poetry. She was also commended in the Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2017. She is currently a Jerwood/Arvon mentee 17/18 and was reacently announced to be included in the Primers mentoring scheme.
Abda Khan is a lawyer turned writer. Her novel Stained (2016) was described as the “contemporary Tess of the d’Urbervilles” (Booklist, USA).
Abda is crowdfunding for her latest novel, Razia, about the plight of a modern-day slave, to be published by Unbound in 2018.
Abda received a True Honour Award this year from IKWRO, and was Highly Commended as a finalist in the Arts & Culture category of the Nat West Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2017.
Amarjit Nar is a writer/playwright and member of Room 204 Writing West Midlands writer development programme. She read two strange tales; A Rainy Day and Tender is the Heart at Birmingham Literature Festival 2017. Her plays include; Four Women and a Saint (Comedy Drama Group), A Shallow Brook (rehearsed reading Arena Theatre), Chips, Jacket and Mash (rehearsed reading Newhampton Arts Centre and read at Brno University, Czech Republic), My Fullest Devotion (short story Express and Star 2015).
Win Saha Sadly Win Saha passed away on Saturday morning. She started writing poetry at the age of six and was writing one-a-day for many years. Friends of Win will read some poems selected by her for the literature festival.
Win started as women’s editor and feature writer for the Birmingham Gazette and Evening Despatch; for whom she interviewed many film stars including May West, Laurel and Hardy and Paul Robeson. But poetry was always been her passion.
With over 3,000 poems she is regularly asked to read all over the Midlands, is popular at writing festivals, and had a weekly poetry spot on WCR community radio. Last year Win won the Silver Cup for Literature at the Perton Stafforshire Show.
Her poems are full of humour, political comment and the gentler aspects of life.
Hardish Virk’s debut book Spirits Message (2015), a supernatural thriller found an international audience whilst the accompanying Facebook page generated over 10,000 fans. His plays include Night of the Living Nan Bread (1998). Hardish began writing in the 80s and by the 90s he was producing a number of independent magazines focused on politics and popular culture of the time. He has contributed to Arts Professional, Arts Marketing Association and Celebrations magazines.
Hardish is working in his new book My Life in Poems.