Leicester’s Literary Festival aims to bring the best of literature to Leicester for one week only. It’s a week which is jam packed with exciting workshops and performances from the writers of today. There is such a diverse range of events to offer, so, whether you’re just interested in literature or study it, it’s a great way to expand your knowledge of the written and spoken word.
Here are the majority of events that are available. I have also highlighted ones that might be of help to those studying English at Leicester. As a third year English student, I wish I would have been aware of some of these talks as they would have helped directly with some of my modules.
Please be aware that entry to all events is entirely free, but tickets have to be pre-booked.
Wednesday 11th November
12-1pm Att: Jamie Mollart a Reading and Coversation with Henderson Mullin
3.30-5pm, Leicester Records Office LE18 2AH: Writing women in the Midlands Workshop
2.30-3.30pm, Quaker Meeting House: James Joyce – Apocalypse and Exile
8-9pm, Att: Raving Beauties: ‘Hallelujah for 50 Foot Women’
Thursday 12th November
3pm David Wilson Seminar Room: Remembering G.S. Fraser: Renowned Leicester Poet and Academic
1.30-2.45pm, Att: First Story: Young Writers’ Showcase (This would be great for any first year English students studying creative writing as one of their option modules)
4-5pm Att: Literary Salon: ‘Unlearning Childhoods’ with Novelists Caryl Philips and Elleke Boehmer
6.30-7.30pm, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre: Linton Kwesi Johnson and Caryl Phillips in Conversation
8-9pm, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre: Louis de Bernieres
Friday 13th November
12.30-1.30, Leicester Central Library: Missed Encounters: Sebald, Stendhal and the Battle of Waterloo
2-3pm, Att: Why did Samuel Pepys keep his Diary? (This event would be perfect for second year English students as an addition to their Satire to Sensibility module)
1.15-2.45pm, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre: ‘Does it make a difference if a writer is male or female?’ Panel event (This would be an interesting addition to the second year Concepts to Criticism module)
6.30pm onwards, Phoenix: ‘Who Love Jack the Ripper?’ with Bruce Robinson
Saturday 14th November
1-3pm, David Wilson Library Seminar Room: Rigby Graham – Artist and Writer: A Man against the Grain
4.30-5.30pm, Ogden Lewis Suite: The Uncanny Worlds of Graham Joyce
6.30-7.30pm, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre: The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland – a Talk by Rovert Douglas-Fairhurst
8-9pm, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre: ‘Why do we need Fantasy Fiction?’ Panel Event
Even if it’s not relevant to your degree, give one or two a go! And, feel free to comment with your thoughts on the festival!