Literary Leicester

Join us in celebrating the written word with a host of award-winning and renowned writers, fascinating talks and readings, performance and panel discussions. Most events are free and all tastes and ages are catered for.

Literary Leicester is our annual celebration of writing in all its form, held annually since 2008. The 2017 festival runs from Wednesday 15 November to Saturday 18 November. Highlights include:

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  • Adele Parks on her path from University of Leicester graduate to bestselling novelist
  • Remembering editor and columnist Alexander Chancellor with Watchdog's Anne Robinson, Private Eye's Craig Brown and others
  • Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga discussing his new book, Black and British: A Forgotten History, accompanying the BBC2 series
  • Michael Pennington on his experiences playing and touring King Lear.
  • Plus: Anne Fine! Alastair Reynolds! Edgar Allan Poe! Leicester City FC! Ted Hughes! Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)! And many more...

This year, Literary Leicester is not confined to campus but is spread across the city to make this truly a Leicester festival. Venues include Curve, Phoenix, the King Power Stadium, the National Space Centre, Attenborough Arts Centre and... selected Arriva buses.

Most events are free but some have limited places and require booking in advance.

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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

Literary Leicester 2017 is proud to be working in partnership with

Arts Council

Attenborough Arts Centre

Held in partnership with First Story

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Letterbox Club

Leicester Arts Festivals

National Space Centre

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