Carol Ann Duffy, Will Self and top children’s authors at Literary Leicester

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 14, 2012 11:00 AM |
Poetry, prolix polysyllabism and peas: 7-10 November 2012.
Carol Ann Duffy, Will Self and top children’s authors at Literary Leicester

image (c) Michael Wildsmith

Our annual festival of the written word returns in November with a wide range of talks and events for all ages and interests.

Among the hottest tickets this year is a talk by Will Self: novelist, columnist, Shooting Stars team captain and self-confessed “modern flâneur”. He will be discussing his work on Wednesday 7 November, including his latest novel Umbrella, which has been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize.

The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, tops the bill on Thursday 8 November, reading from and discussing her poetry.

Most of Friday 9 November is devoted to Dickens, whose bicentenary is being celebrated this year. There will be a chance to view rare items from the Dickens Museum and our own Library Special Collections, a discussion of the modern experience of reading Dickens in serial form, and readings from a new book of Dickens-inspired poetry.

Most of Saturday, as is traditional, caters for younger readers. Visitors this year include David Melling (author of The Kiss That Missed and other acclaimed works), Kes Gray (author of the infamous Daisy books, including Eat Your Peas) and top illustrator Jennifer Bell hosting art workshops. Author and former MP Chris Mullin wraps up the festival in the evening.

This year, there are also a number of ‘fringe events’ during the daytime wherein our academics discuss matters literary.

All Literary Leicester events are free but some require tickets in advance (and are likely to sell out). Tickets are available from the Embrace Arts box office (0116 252 2455). Many of the speakers will be signing their work, and books will be available from the University bookshop. The children’s events on Saturday are all BSL-signed.