Coming soon - Literary Leicester 2014

Michael Frayn answers audience questions at the 2013 Festival.

The 2014 Literary Leicester festival will take place from Wednesday 12 November to Saturday 15 November.

Why not join us to celebrate the written word with a host of renowned novelists, playwrights and poets? This year we have:

  • John Banville
  • Antonia Fraser
  • Children's events including CBeebies' Cerrie Burnell, Anne Fine and a 'Creepy Crawlies' poetry workshop at New Walk Museum.
  • Bali Rai and guests remember Sue Townsend
  • World War One with historian Mark Bostridge
  • 'What's the point of Young Adult Fiction?' - a panel discussion with authors, agents, editors and local students
  • Joe Orton - 50 years of 'Entertaining Mr Sloane'
  • poetry from Moniza Alvi and Carrie Etter
  • local authors, Evelyn Waugh, new poetry about Lord Byron, the history of 'History' and much more...

All Literary Leicester events are 100% FREE to attend (some popular events may require booking in advance).

This website is currently being revamped and will be back in fine new form well before the festival. Keep an eye out for the full schedule online and in brochure form this summer.

In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and festival information.

Roger McGough signing books at the 2013 Festival.

Previous festivals

Literary Leicester has been running since 2008. Guests at previous festivals have included:

Will Self, Carol Ann Duffy, Julia Donaldson, Amitav Ghosh, Michael Frayn, Antonia Fraser, Roger McGough, Germain Greer, Jaqueline Wilson, David Lodge, Sue Townsend, Colin Dexter, Sarah Waters, RJ Ellory, Joanne Harris, Colm Tóibín, Bali Rai, Alan Hollinghurst, Kes Gray, Chris Mullin and Winnie the Witch!

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Access and parking

All venues are fully accessible for disabled visitors. Limited parking is available on campus and at the satellite car park on Welford Road. Visitors are advised to use public transport.