Salinger, Slang and Gruffaloes: Literary Leicester line-up announced

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 26, 2011 03:30 PM |
Something for everyone in November at free events celebrating the written word.

The fourth annual Literary Leicester festival takes place at the University of Leicester over 9-12 November 2011 with an impressive line-up of authors and literary experts.

Bali Rai, author of (Un)arranged Marriage, Booker Prize-winning Alan Hollinghurst and poet/journalist/novelist Colm Tóibín are among the authors who will be discussing their work at the event.

Biographer Hermione Lee will chair a panel on literary biography featuring Professor Martin Stannard from our School of English, author of acclaimed biographies of Evelyn Waugh and Muriel Spark. Sarah Graham, who has written extensively on JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, will discuss that book which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, while three other academics will look at how the lives of writers such as Byron, Wordsworth and Jane Austen have been depicted in films.

For poetry fans there’s Alan Jenkins, Ian Parks and the extraordinary ‘Sunris’/’Man to Pan’ in which Caribbean poets Grace Nichols and John Agard weave their separate works together into a single performance.

One of the most unusual events we have run since the launch of Literary Leicester in 2008 is ‘The future of the history of slang.’ Professor Julie Coleman is an expert on slang and has recently completed A History of Slang for OUP. She will be joined by lexicographer Jonathan Green whose three-volume Dictionary of Slang contains 110,000 words and phrases.

And for the younger readers, we are delighted to welcome the current Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson – author of The Gruffalo – who will be reading from her work including her latest book Freddie and the Fairy. Rumour has it that the Gruffalo himself might make an appearance. (This event will be signed for the hearing impaired.)

All events are free but some require tickets which can be obtained in advance from Embrace Arts. Some of the authors will also be doing book signings.