Literary Leicester 2016: Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 November!

Bestselling American crime author Patricia Cornwell will give a free public lecture, In Conversation with Patricia Cornwell, as part of the University of Leicester’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series and Literary Leicester 2016 on Monday 24 October 2016 at 7pm at De Montfort Hall. Find out more.

Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson, appearing in 2016

Welcome to Literary Leicester 2016, open and completely free to everyone.

2016 seems to be a year of anniversaries. Shakespeare died in 1616, Charlotte Brontë was born in 1816, the same year Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Evelyn Waugh died 50 years ago, Roald Dahl was born 100 years ago…We’re celebrating them all, and much more…

We have big name writers like Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Fay Weldon, Happy Valley writer/director Sally Wainwright, David Crystal and Philip Eade; children’s workshops and guest authors including Charlie and Lola’s Lauren Child. We offer poetry, film screenings, workshops, Q&As, writing commission launches, and an opening panel event ‘Writing and Racism’ after Brexit. The festival has something for everyone, whatever your age or background.

And, as always, it’s completely free!

View the programme of events and book your tickets now. We look forward to seeing you this November.

The festival is brought to you by the University of Leicester’s College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

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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Patricia Conwell coming to Leicester

Literary Leicester 2016 is proud to be working in partnership with

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Held in partnership with First Story

Leicestershire County Council

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