Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society - Founded 1835


We stage fortnightly public talks on a wide range of topics, every other Monday throughout Winter and Spring.

Alongside the main Society, there are Sections specialising in Natural History and Geology.

The Society has a venerable history stretching back to the early 19th Century.

We work with Leicester City Council, Leicester New Walk Museum, the University of Leicester and De Montfort University to ensure the highest possible quality of speakers, who cover relevant topics of general and academic interest.

We exist to advance education in Literature, Science and Art for the benefit of all people. Membership is open to anybody.



School of English Centre for New Writing:

Literary Leicester 4th Annual Creative Writing Lecture “A Writer’s Life”

Thursday 7 May 2015, 6.00pm

Edna O’Brien Author, playwright, poet, biographer and memoirist,

Edna O’Brien has been called the ‘doyenne of Irish Literature.’ The winner of numerous awards, highlights include the Irish PEN Award, the European Prize for Literature, and the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature. O’Brien has played a leading, often contentious, role in developing a voice for women in Ireland since her first novel, The Country Girls, appeared in 1960. Yet her work has travelled far beyond her native Ireland, with Philip Roth describing her as ‘the most gifted woman now writing in English.’ Her recent memoir, Country Girl, attracted widespread critical praise and won the Irish Book Award for Non-Fiction.

venue Rattray Lecture Theatre

Entry is Free.

The lecture is made possible through a kind donation from Santander Universities.

Dr Harry Whitehead e: hdw5@le.ac.uk www.le.ac.uk/english 


Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh Project
Members of the Lit and Phil Society are warmly invited to take advantage of the concessionary rates available for Evelyn Waugh and His Circle: Reading and Editing the Complete Works LINK.

This international conference will be held at College Court from 24-26 April 2015, and is part of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh Project LINK.

Online registration is now closed, but if you are interested in attending the conference please email waughconf@le.ac.uk LINK.

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