Glittering literati at Literary Leicester Festival 2016

Posted by pt91 at Oct 20, 2016 12:04 PM |
Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Patricia Cornwell, Fay Weldon among luminaries at prose and poetry celebration

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 October 2016

Event is free and open to the public- full programme and booking details here:

The city's diverse celebration of the written and spoken word is returning next month with a prestigious line-up of speakers and contributors who have shaped the landscape of modern literature.

The University of Leicester is hosting the ninth annual Literary Leicester festival at various venues across the city in what seems to be the perfect year to honour writers and their works.

Numerous notable anniversaries pepper the 2016 calendar, from Shakespeare's death exactly 400 years ago, to Charlotte Brontë's birth in 1816 - the same year Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein.

This year's highlights include talks from renowned authors Dame Jacqueline Wilson, creator of Tracy Beaker; and Fay Weldon – playwright and winner of the esteemed Writers' Guild award.

English television writer and playwright, Sally Wainwright, who won the 2009 Writer of the Year Award, also unfurls tales of her experiences and gives a talk about her latest project at Phoenix Square.

There will also be poetry readings, film screenings, workshops, Q&As, writing commission launches and the ‘Writing and Racism’ event in which a panel will discuss what writers can do to challenge contemporary racism after Brexit.

Literary Leicester 2016 runs from Wednesday 16 November to Saturday 19 November.

Festival Director Dr Harry Whitehead said: “Literary Leicester 2016 is open and completely free to everyone.

“We have big name writers like Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Fay Weldon, Happy Valley writer/director Sally Wainwright, David Crystal and Philip Eade; children’s workshops and guest authors including Charlie and Lola’s Lauren Child.

“Bestselling American crime author Patricia Cornwell will give a free public lecture, In Conversation with Patricia Cornwell, as part of the University of Leicester’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series and Literary Leicester 2016 on Monday 24 October 2016 at 7pm.

“The festival has something for everyone, whatever your age or background.”

This year is also the first time that the popular festival has received a grant to help it deliver its unique and diverse catalogue of events. The University of Leicester applied for and received a £12,875 Arts Council grant in September to help it grow and build for the future.

So in the year, which also marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Waugh and the 100th year since Roald Dahl was born, there has never been a more fitting time to get involved.

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