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Adrian Mole's 50th Birthday Celebrations
Sun 2 April 2017, 10:30 – 17:45 BST
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.
UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY, JOHN TYDEMAN AND COLIN BROADWAY ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO ATTEND.
10.30-11.30, Studio 4, Attenborough Arts (only 20 places available)
13.15-14.15, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre
14.45-15.45, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre
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