Literary Leicester 2016: Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 November!

Linton Kwesi Johnson
Linton Kwesi Johnson, appearing in 2015
Brought to you by the University of Leicester’s College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Literary Leicester is among the city’s leading annual festivals of the written and spoken word.

In 2015, the festival's eighth year, we brought together a wealth of award-winning and renowned writers from many different fields. Literature lovers from the region joined us for a huge range of exciting and stimulating sessions: all completely free!

Our vibrant and dynamic fringe events also offered fascinating insights into research at the University, present local authors and works in performance, showcase new writing commissions, and much more. Between events, audiences had a chance to meet the writers, buy books and have them signed, catch a coffee or a glass of wine, and browse the exhibitions in our award-winning University Library.

We hope you will join us in 2016 to share our passion for literature, in what promises again to be a fantastic festival.

Download the 2015 brochure

Previous Festivals

Previous festivals have included Booker Prize-winning novelists and world-leading historians, famous children’s authors to topical subjects like the centenary of the First World War – Literary Leicester really does offer something for everyone.

Patience Agbabi
Patience Agbabi, guest at 2014 festival


"A serious gathering, seriously run, with a seriously cosmopolitan audience... Even I enjoyed it..." Will Self
"It was very well organised and the fact it was free was even better! The festival is a chance for people not in London to get some extremely high quality literary input." Cath Sibley, visitor in 2012

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Listen to our podcasts from many of 2015's Literary Leicester main and fringe events, including Louis de Bernières, Alice in Wonderland and more to be added in forthcoming weeks.