Literary Leicester, 11-14 November 2009

Join us to celebrate the written word at the second Literary Leicester festival in the inspiring surroundings of the award-winning David Wilson Library at the University of Leicester.

Entry to all events is free but some of the events are ticketed. For tickets please contact Rebecca Vickerman on 0116 252 2320 or

Please note that the Peter Porter event has been cancelled and there are no tickets left for Jacqueline Wilson.

Event Date Time Ticketed Book signing BSL
Peter Porter reads his poetry Wednesday 11 November 6.00pm cancelled due to illness   yes  
John Carey on William Golding Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm    yes   yes  
Writing for Television Thursday 12 November 6.00pm    yes    
Sarah Waters in Conversation Thursday 12 November 7.30pm    yes   yes  
Jaqueline Wilson Saturday 14 November 2.00pm no tickets left   yes yes*
Pekko's Puppets Saturday 14 November 3.00pm  
Meg Rosoff Saturday 14 November 4.00pm    yes   yes  
A Celebration of Harold Pinter Saturday 14 November 6.00pm      
An Evening with RJ Ellory Saturday 14 November 7.30pm    yes   yes yes*

* British Sign Language interpretation provided by Leicester-based Action Deafness Books.

NB. The Saturday afternoon events are particularly suitable for children. The remaining events are unsuitable for children below the age of 12.

Between events there is an opportunity to meet the writers, have a book signed, enjoy a tour of the David Wilson Library, grab a bite in the Library Café or browse the shelves of our independent University Bookshop.

Festival organisers

  • David Wilson Library: Christine Fyfe
  • School of English: Holly Furneaux, Martin Halliwell, Martin Stannard

This is the second Literary Leicester festival. The website for the 2008 event is archived here.

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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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