Local author Bali Rai to lead a celebration of the work of Sue Townsend

Posted by ap507 at Nov 06, 2014 11:20 AM |
University of Leicester’s Literary festival: 12-15 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office 6 November

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  • Celebration of the life and work of Sue Townsend to be hosted by Leicester children’s author Bali Rai
  • Visitors are also invited to the University’s David Wilson Library to see an archive of the Adrian Mole creator’s work

Part of this year’s Literary Leicester festival will be dedicated to the Adrian Mole creator and much-loved Leicester author Sue Townsend, who passed away earlier this year.

The University of Leicester is hosting the four-day festival, which takes place between 12-15 November, at various locations around the city incorporating a number of events, workshops and talks.

However, there are two aspects of the literary celebration dedicated to Leicester’s own writing marvel, Sue Townsend – who died on 10 April following a stroke.

One is a celebration of her life hosted by another local author, children’s writer Bali Rai, who has penned numerous books for young readers, and who regards Sue as an inspiration and a friend.

He will be at the University’s Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, in the Fielding Johnson Building South Wing, on Saturday 15 November, to give a talk about his former friend and listen to readings from best-loved works. He will be joined by Sue’s long-time illustrator and friend Caroline Holden.

Bali said: “Sue was my hero and role model, and I was honoured enough to meet her and become a friend.

“For me she epitomised the idea of writing for everyone, rather than the literary elite. Her stories were local, funny and warm.

“They were about the lives of the people next door, not the London Set, etcetera.

“She was also wonderful and genuine, and when I first met her properly, she spent about fifteen minutes telling me how much she knew about my work, and how much her grandchildren loved my books!

“It was like being in some amazing dream. My biggest role model was more interested in talking about my work than her own. I felt so honoured.

“That is just one example of how wonderful she was.”

Bali will also be joined by celebrated Leicester-born singer-songwriter, poet and author Carol Leeming, who was Sue’s friend and mentee as well.

The event on Saturday 15 November starts at 7.30pm and is free to attend.

On the same day, there is also a fringe event titled Discover Sue Townsend – The Archives, which invites visitors to the University’s David Wilson Library from 4.00 – 5.00pm to view an archive of work related to the Adrian Mole author.

The event is free but to guarantee yourself a seat, please do book a ticket at the festival website. Otherwise, just turn up but do be aware that those with tickets will be given priority.

For more information, visit: www.le.ac.uk/literaryleicester

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