Forthcoming Events

All events are free and open to the general public, unless stated otherwise.
Venues are typically on the University of Leicester campus.

Recordings of past events can be found on our podcast page.

Upcoming events

Launch of the first New Walk Editions pamphlets: John Mole, A Different Key and Zayneb Allak, Keine Angst

Thursday 2nd November 7 - 8.30pm, The Exchange, Rutland Street

New Walk magazine is turning to high-end poetry pamphlets from Autumn 2017 – publishing 4 new and established poets a year. Join us at the Exchange bar on Rutland Street to launch the first two poetry pamphlets, A Different Key by John Mole and Keine Angst by Zayneb Allak.


George Green Author Talk

Monday 13th November, 2-3pm, Attenborough 002

George Green is a novelist and academic. The author of two works of historical fiction set during the Roman Era, Hound and Hawk, he has also published numerous works on the craft of writing. He will be talking about on ‘Story and Structure’.


On the Buses: Lydia Towsey: a partnership with Arriva and Literary Leicester

Wednesday 15th November, 12 - 7pm, Arriva Buses 44 and 31

Part of Literary Leicester

Bus driver's daughter and Leicester-based poet, Lydia Towsey takes to the road with Arriva Buses for these specially commissioned, Literary Leicester journeys around the city.


Douglas Dunn and Rory Waterman read from their new collections

Thursday 16th November, 4.30 - 5.30pm, Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite, Fielding Johnson building

Part of Literary Leicester

Professor Douglas Dunn is an Honorary Professor at St Andrews and distinguished poet who has just produced his first collection of poetry in ten years. Rory Waterman's second poetry collection, Sarajevo Roses, has just been published by Carcanet. His début, Tonight the Summer's Over (Carcanet, 2013), was a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize.


Victoria and Abdul

Friday 17th November, 6-6.30pm, Phoenix Cinema

Free pre-screening talk at 6pm followed by ticketed film showing of Victoria and Abdul at 6.30pm

Tickets for the film screening can be obtained from the Phoenix Cinema

Part of Literary Leicester

Shrabani Basu explores the unusual friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, Abdul Karim, which caused a storm in the Royal court. Based on previously unseen private diaries and letters, her book Victoria and Abdul, The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant reveals a hidden story that the Establishment tried to erase.


Green Unpleasant Land: Rural Racism in Contemporary Britain

Saturday 18th November, 4 - 5pm, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

Part of Literary Leicester

Historical, literary and sociological research is increasingly challenging notions that the countryside is a space of whiteness to which black Britons have never belonged. This panel assembles two researchers, Corinne Fowler and Nathan Kerrigan, the author Catherine Johnson and a local farmer, David Mwanaka, to discuss the experience and phenomenon of rural racism. They will talk about the cultural and literary experiences which underpin this racism and consider how to combat it with evidence, writing and action.


We Will Remember Them: Raising public awareness of Commonwealth Troops in WWI

An evening of Spoken Word, Archives, Visual Art and Photography

22 November 2017, 6.30–8pm Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite, Fielding Johnson Building [venue tbc]

Nottingham Black Archive (NBA), Professor Sharon Monteith of Nottingham Trent University and Renaissance One present We Will Remember Them, which marks the Centenary of WWI. Empire troops fought in the most infamous battles of the war, including Ypres and Passchendaele. This exhibition and spoken word event commemorates forgotten commonwealth troops, bringing to the fore the hidden histories of soldiers from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. This event features original artwork from Barbara Walker and Keith Piper and performances and speeches from Dr Irfan Malik, Panya Banjoko, Michael Brome and The WAWI Project.


There is no need to book tickets for Centre for new Writing Events.

Please see the Literary Leicester website for other free (but ticketed) literature events.

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