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Adrian Mole's 50th Birthday Celebrations

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University of Leicester

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2 April 2017 marks Leicester hero Adrian Mole’s 50th Birthday. To celebrate, the University of Leicester, with Penguin Books, are hosting a day of activities and events, culminating in Adrian Mole’s 50th Birthday Bash.

In 1982 Leicester-born Sue Townsend took the publishing world by storm with her first book, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾. Across 8 instalments published over 27 years, Adrian’s diarised exploits became deeply embedded within the national consciousness. Adrian, in Townsend’s own words, became the ‘voice of England’ commenting on contemporary issues such as Thatcherism, the rise of New Labour, and the Iraq War. His teenage exploits, described in Secret Diary and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, defined a generation and made Townsend the best-selling author of the 1980s.

Join friends, family, and collaborators of Sue Townsend including Colin Broadway, Caroline Holden, Carole Hayman, John Tydeman, Geoffrey Strachan and Bali Rai as we celebrate the life and work of one of Leicester’s greatest and best-loved writers. The day will also showcase new creative writing inspired by Mole, including specially commissioned short monologues by Midlands writers and work by local school children.

The Art of Adrian Mole with Caroline Holden Hotopf

10.30-11.30, Studio 4, Attenborough Arts (only 20 places available)

Sue Townsend: Playwright with Carole Hayman and Janette Legge

13.15-14.15, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

Reunion: The Birth of Adrian Mole with Colin Broadway, John Tydeman, Geoffrey Strachan and Caroline Holden Hotopf

14.45-15.45, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

Adrian Mole’s 50th Birthday Bash with surprise special guests

16.15-17.45, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre


To find out further details and see the full programme, please visit the Adrian Mole Birthday website

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