Adrian Mole’s 50th Birthday Celebration

2 April 2017 marks Leicester hero Adrian Mole’s 50th Birthday. To celebrate, the University of Leicester, with Penguin Books, are hosting a day of activities and events, culminating in Adrian Mole’s 50th Birthday Bash.

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Apr 02, 2017
from 10:30 AM to 05:45 PM


Peter Williams Lecture Theatre / Attenborough Arts Centre

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0116 252 2056

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Illustration of Royal Wedding bunting, by Caroline Holden. From the Illustrated Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Methuen, 1994)

Happy Birthday Adrian MoleIn 1982 Leicester-born Sue Townsend took the publishing world by storm with her first book, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾. Across 8 instalments published over 27 years, Adrian’s diarised exploits became deeply embedded within the national consciousness. Adrian, in Townsend’s own words, became the ‘voice of England’ commenting on contemporary issues such as Thatcherism, the rise of New Labour, and the Iraq War. His teenage exploits, described in Secret Diary and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, defined a generation and made Townsend the best-selling author of the 1980s.

Join friends, family, and collaborators of Sue Townsend including Colin Broadway, Caroline Holden, Carole Hayman, John Tydeman, Geoffrey Strachan and Bali Rai as we celebrate the life and work of one of Leicester’s greatest and best-loved writers. The day will also showcase new creative writing inspired by Mole, including specially commissioned short monologues by midlands writers and work by local school children.

All events are free, but advanced booking is required. To reserve your place please visit the Adrian Mole's 50th Birthday Celebrations Eventbright page.

Update 31/3/2017. With regret, John Tydeman and Colin Broadway are unable to take part in Reunion: The Birth of Adrian Mole. Simon Dixon, Archives and Special Collections Manager, will be speaking instead.


Event titleTimeLocation
The Art of Adrian Mole with Caroline Holden Hotopf 10.30-11.30 Studio 4, Attenborough Arts
Sue Townsend: Playwright with Carole Hayman and Janette Legge 13.15-14.15 Peter Williams Lecture Theatre
Reunion: The Birth of Adrian Mole with Colin Broadway, John Tydeman, Geoffrey Strachan and Caroline Holden Hotopf 14.45-15.45 Peter Williams Lecture Theatre
Adrian Mole’s 50th Birthday Bash 16.15-17.45 Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

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