2015 Line-Up

The festival has now ended and bookings are closed.

Literary Leicester is among the city’s leading annual festivals of the written and spoken word. Now in its eighth year, the festival brings together a wealth of award-winning and renowned writers from many different fields.

Join us and other literature lovers from the region for a huge range of exciting and stimulating sessions: all completely free!

Entry is free. All of our main events and some fringe events are ticketed, which will guarantee your place. If you do not book a ticket, feel free to turn up on the day but please note that priority will be given to those who have pre-booked a ticket. Event times and locations are subject to change.

EventTypeTimeLocationTickets Required For This Event?
Wednesday 11 November 2015
Jamie Mollart: A Reading and Conversation with Henderson Mullin Fringe 12.00pm Attenborough Arts NO
David Almond (Schools-only Event) Main 12.50pm English Martyrs' School YES
James Joyce: Apocalypse and Exile Fringe 2.30pm Quaker Meeting House NO
Writing Women in the Midlands: Workshop Fringe 3.30pm Leicestershire Records Office ALL PLACES NOW BOOKED. PLEASE CONTACT eg205@le.ac.uk FOR RESERVES
Raving Beauties - 'Hallelujah for 50 Foot Women' Main 8.00pm Attenborough Arts PRE-BOOKABLE TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT DO JUST TURN UP
Thursday 12 November 2015
First Story: Young Writers' Showcase Main 1.30pm Attenborough Arts PRE-BOOKABLE TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT DO JUST TURN UP
Remembering G.S. Fraser Fringe 3.00pm David Wilson Library Seminar Room NO
Literary Salon: "Unlearning Childhoods" with novelists Caryl Phillips and Elleke Boehmer Main 4pm Attenborough Arts PRE-BOOKABLE TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT DO JUST TURN UP
Linton Kwesi Johnson and Caryl Phillips in Conversation Main 6.30pm Peter Williams Lecture Theatre YES
Louis de Bernières Main 8.00pm Peter Williams Lecture Theatre YES
Friday 13 November 2015
Missed Encounters: Sebald, Stendhal and the Battle of Waterloo Fringe 12.30pm Leicester Central Library CANCELLED
'Does it Make a Difference if a Writer is Male or Female?' A panel discussion with authors, publishers and local students.
Main 1.15pm Peter Williams Lecture Theatre YES
Why did Samuel Pepys Keep his Diary? Fringe 2.00pm Attenborough Arts NO
'Who Loves Jack the Ripper?' with Bruce Robinson Main 6.30pm Phoenix PRE-BOOKABLE TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT DO JUST TURN UP
Withnail and I: screening with an introduction by its director, Bruce Robinson Main 8.00pm Phoenix YES: through Phoenix Box Office (NB this event is charged)
Saturday 14 November 2015 - 'Fantasy Fiction Saturday'

Emily Gravett: Letterbox Club Event (children aged 6 and up)

Main 11.00am Peter Williams Lecture Theatre YES
Rigby Graham: Artist and Writer Fringe 1.00pm David Wilson Library Seminar Room NO
Stuart Hill: “BLOOD, BLAST AND FIRE!" The Icemark Chronicles (for 10-15 year olds and readers of all ages) Main 3.00pm Peter Williams Lecture Theatre YES
The Kingdom of Dreams: The Uncanny Worlds of Graham Joyce Fringe 4.30pm Ogden Lewis Suite NO
The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland, with Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Main 6.30pm Peter Williams Lecture Theatre YES

60 Years of The Lord of the Rings, followed by panel discussion: 'What's the Point of Fantasy Fiction?' with leading authors Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Stuart Lee Juliet E. McKenna & Farah Mendlesohn.

Main 8.00pm Peter Williams Lecture Theatre YES

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Authors who have visited Literary Leicester include: Lauren Child, Louis de Bernières, Colin Dexter, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Frayn, Amitav Ghosh, Germain Greer, Linton Kwesi Johnon, Penelope Lively, David Lodge, Roger McGough, Will Self, Colm Tóibín, Sue Townsend, Fay Weldon and Jaqueline Wilson

"A serious gathering, seriously run, with a seriously cosmopolitan audience... Even I enjoyed it..." Will Self

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