Third Literary Leicester Festival celebrates the power and fun behind the written word

10/11/2010 - 13/11/2010 Leicester, University of
Location: University of Leicester

The highly popular Literary Leicester festival will be back at the University of Leicester from 10th – 13th November with a range of history, poetry, fact, fiction and fun.

This year’s festival, extended to four days, features the international feminist icon, Professor Germaine Greer (Saturday 13th November) and the author of eleven best-selling novels including Chocolat, Joanne Harris (Friday 12th November).

Taking place in the surroundings of the University’s award-winning David Wilson Library, it will provide opportunities to meet writers and to have books signed, as shown in the programme.

The Literary Leicester festival opens at 6pm on Wednesday 10th November, with The Day Before Yesterday: Re-visiting Post-War Britain.   The event brings together two popular historians of modern Britain, David Kynaston, author of the best-selling Austerity Britain and Family Britain, and Dominic Sandbrook, author of Never had it so good and White Heat.   The session is chaired by prize-winning author and historian Tom Holland.

Continuing the historical theme, on Friday 12th November at 6pm Gordon Campbell (University of Leicester) and David Crystal (University of Wales, Bangor) celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Bible: the story of the King James Version 1611-2011 tells the fascinating and complex story of the translators and the influence their work has on our language, even today.

The evening of Thursday 11th November is dedicated to poetry, starting at 6pm with the launch of the New Walk Magazine, a new magazine for poetry and the arts published from Leicester each spring and autumn.

During the course of the evening three highly-acclaimed poets will read from their work: Manchester-based Grevel Lindop, Leicester poet and journalist Matt Merritt and Alice Oswald, Devon-based author of five published poetry collections.

Saturday is children’s day.   The fun and games start with Winnie the Witch Hat Making Workshop with Korky Paul, involving story-telling, drawing and the power of  imagination.  

More story telling follows with Dominic Kelly and his wealth of folktales, myths and legends from the British Isles and around the world.

Sign language is now used in many schools, nurseries and playgroups to improve communication skills, and Garry Slack and his friend Olli the Monkey will be offering children a fun way to learn it through nursery rhymes and songs.   

Christine Fyfe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and University Librarian commented: “The Literary Leicester festival is establishing an enviable reputation for its stimulating and enjoyable events on literary themes.

“Our third festival is bigger than ever and we look forward to welcoming even more people to the University to enjoy readings, author discussions and children’s events featuring some of the top names in the literary world.”

Most events require tickets, as indicated in the programme.  Tickets are available from Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA, (tel 0116 252 2455, email, RNID Typetalk service 18001 0116 252 2455) open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.   Tickets for Germaine Greer’s talk cost £7 (£5 concession).   All other tickets are free.

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