Literary giants to feature in festival celebrating the written word

Posted by er134 at Oct 24, 2013 10:14 AM |
University of Leicester sixth annual Literary Leicester festival takes place from 13-16 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 24 October 2013

The University of Leicester’s sixth annual Literary Leicester festival will take place from 13-16 November and once again welcomes a plethora of prestigious writers.

Highlights of this year’s Literary Leicester include:

  • Internationally renowned award-winning Bengali Indian author Amitav Ghosh;
  • readings by poets Sarah Jackson, Michael Schmidt and Jo Shapcott;
  • new literary, linguistic and theatrical perspectives on Richard III from Sarah Knight, Philip Shaw and Ben Spiller;
  • Paula Byrne talking about Jane Austen;
  • Antonia Fraser on her recent book about the 1832 Reform Act;
  • Roger McGough reading from his new collection of poems for children;
  • Gillian Cross on her latest novel, After Tomorrow;
  • Hibernating Animals story-telling and drawing workshops for children run by award-winning illustrator Reg Cartwright and his wife Ann;
  • an evening with novelist and playwright Michael Frayn

The Festival’s fringe showcases the University of Leicester’s literary experts including:

Mary Ann Lund and Victoria Stewart on Josephine Tey’s detective story about Richard III, The Daughter of Time (1951), in relation to historical perceptions of Richard and to the genre of detective fiction.

Julian North on ‘The Lives of Percy Shelley’ and Martin Stannard discussing ‘Ford Madox Ford’s Last Decade’.
Other fringe events include an emotive session in which poet Andrew Mitchell will read his narrative poem The Burial of Lord Byron, accompanied by music performed by Natalie Halliday.

Grassroutes: Three Leicestershire Writers’ will feature three Leicester writers discussing their work and talking about how it originates from their experiences of multi-racial Leicestershire. The writers appearing in this event are all showcased in the online Grassroutes Writers’ Gallery.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Christine Fyfe commented: “Literary Leicester has established itself as a highlight of the city’s literary calendar, featuring top writers across a range of genres from poetry to life-writing, literary fiction to history.

“The University of Leicester looks forward to welcoming record audiences to the 2013 festival which is free to attend and open to all.”

The Literary Leicester programme is available from Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester Library and Bookshop and online at All Literary Leicester events are free but most require tickets obtained in advance from Embrace Arts, online at, email, tel 0116 252 2455 10am-4pm Mondays-Fridays.


Notes to Editors:

Programmes giving full details of events are also available from Embrace Arts or online at:

Further details are available from Christine Fyfe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, email:

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