Grassroutes: Three Leicestershire Writers

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Nov 13, 2013
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Embrace Arts, Lancaster Road

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Leicestershire-based Jacob Ross, Kerry Featherstone and Lydia Towsey read from their work and talk about the region’s literary cultures.The project Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing is funded by Arts Council England to promote public knowledge and appreciation of transcultural writing in the city and county. The writers appearing in this event are all showcased in the online Grassroutes Writers’ Gallery, a series of original works edited by Corinne Fowler.

Jacob Ross is the author of two acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone and A Way to Catch the Dust. He is also co-editor of several publications of fiction and co-authored Behind the Masquerade: The Story of Notting Hill Carnival. His first novel, Pynter Bender, was published in 2008. It won, and was also short-listed, for several awards including the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (2009), Society of Authors ‘Best first Novel’, Caribbean Review of Books ‘Book of the Year’ and Metro’s Book of The Week. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He received Grenada’s highest literary award for his contribution to literature in 2011.

Kerry Featherstone lectures in Creative Writing at Loughborough University. He has been published in journals such as Cleaves, The Journal, Tears in the Fence and the Coffeehouse. Kerry writes in French and English; he spent a year in the Vendée before returning to study English and European Literature at The University of Essex. He did a PhD on Bruce Chatwin at Nottingham Trent University. After a year in Franche-Comté, he again returned to England to take up the post of Literature Office for Leicestershire County Council.

Lydia Towsey is a poet and performer with a Masters in Creative Writing and over 10 years experience. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. Previous commissions include: The Poet in the City ‘Spoken Word All Stars Tour’ and ‘Beyond Words’ - a UK tour of four South African poets, including Keorapetse Kgositsile, the South African Poet Laureate. In 2013 she's spoken at The House of Lords, presented at Plymouth University's Zombie Symposium and performed at London's 100 Club, alongside Pete Brown and Michael Horovitz, amongst others. Lydia is currently working with renaissance one to organise a tour of her one woman show, The Venus Papers, edited and directed by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, MBE. Her other show, Reading Zombies debuted earlier this year. In addition to writing and performing she is the Chair and Compere of WORD!, the longest running spoken word night in the Midlands and also works more broadly across literature.

Corinne Fowler is director of the Centre for New Writing and the project ‘Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing’. She lectures in Postcolonial Literature in the School of English at the University of Leicester.

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