Literary Leicester

A free annual four-day litfest offering an eclectic mix of big-name and local authors, topical panel discussions and more. Smaller individual events will be running throughout the year.

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Literary Leicester was an annual four-day litfest.

Completely free, it offered an eclectic mix of big-name and local authors, topical panel discussions and more.

It continues to run individual events throughout the year (see below) and hopes to return with the four-day event some time soon.

Upcoming events

Friday 21 December 2018 - Ntozake Shange Memorial Event

Join us in honouring Ntozake Shange’s life and work at this free memorial event co-organised by Literary Leicester, Dare to Diva and SanRoo Publishing. 10.30am-4.00pm, Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA. This is a free event and open to all. No booking required.

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Previous Festivals

Literary Leicester was a free literature festival, hosted by the University of Leicester, which brought together a diverse range of distinguished authors in celebration of the written and spoken word.

2017’s festival featured journalist and TV personality, Anne Robinson, best known for her appearance in Watchdog and The Weakest Link; University of Leicester English graduate and bestselling novelist, Adele Parks; and historian and broadcaster, David Olusoga.

Past events have included Booker Prize-winning novelists and world-leading historians, such famous children’s authors as Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson, and numerous panels on topical subjects such as writing and racism. Literary Leicester offered something for everyone.

We still host events periodically throughout the year. Watch out for our return in the near future..

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Brilliant talks from knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. Exceeded my (high) expectations!

- Literary Leicester visitor

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

- Will Self, speaker in 2014

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.

- Literary Leicester visitor


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Previous guests

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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