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Leicester Writes Festival

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Leicester

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Leicester Writes is the first and only festival dedicated to showcasing regional and diverse literary talent and helping to fuel your creativity.

We're thrilled to announce the Leicester Writes Festival of New Writing is back for our third year. Join us for dates across June to hone your writing and hear from new and emerging writers from the region's writing scene and beyond. Book into our pop up Writers Spa on National Writing Day (June 21st) to help you commit the day to writing. At Novel Exchanges (June 27th) hear from local writer, Mahsuda Snaith about writing her debut. Our main event day takes place on Friday 30th June where we will be celebrating science and short stories with a short story workshop, panel discussion and anthology launch.

WEDNESDAY 21st JUNE

Writers Spa

Bru Coffee and Gelato, 20-22 Granby St, Leicester, LE1 1DE

10:30 AM – 2 PM

Free, drop in

Join us on National Writing Day in our pop up Writers Spa, helping you to pamper your creativity and exercise your writing muscle. Perfect for anyone struggling to find the time or inspiration to write. Bring your work in progress along or kick start something new for this drop-in session. Spend glorious hours writing away without worrying about checking your tweets or inbox. A selection of treatments will be available to indulge your inner artist.

TUESDAY 27TH JUNE

Novel Exchanges

Exchange Bar Snug, 50 Rutland St, Leicester, LE1 1RD

6:30 PM – 8 PM

Free, book via Eventbrite

Leicester's very own Mahsuda Snaith will be headlining Novel Exchanges, our quarterly night where writers introduce us to their creative process and read from their latest book. Mahsuda will be reading from her debut novel, The Things We Thought We Knew as well as discussing the novel writing process. Open mic slots available.

FRIDAY 30TH JUNE

Short story workshop with CG Menon

Exchange Bar Cellar, 50 Rutland St, Leicester, LE1 1RD

3 PM – 4 PM

Pay what you can, book via Eventbrite

Join this year's Leicester Writes Short Story Prize winner, CG Menon for an exclusive short story workshop. Catherine will share her insights into what makes a good short story, covering the technical and creative aspects as well as set short writing exercises to help you get your creative juices flowing.

Writing Science: Utopia or Dystopia?

Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG

5:30 PM - 7 PM

Free, book via Eventbrite

Hosted by the Institute of Physics', this event invites you to explore the role science can play in creating utopian and dystopian fiction. Local writers, Siobhan Logan and Rod Duncan will offer their perspectives, followed by a Q&A. The Institute of Physics’ will also launch their poetry and flash fiction competitions.

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Ceremony & Anthology Launch

Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG

7:30 PM – 9 PM

£5 (redeemable against a book purchase), book via Eventbrite

Join us to celebrate this year's winning short stories in our prize giving ceremony and anthology launch. With readings from some of this year's winners. Books will be available to purchase on the night.

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize was launched to celebrate original short story writing. The judging panel included writers Rebecca Burns, Divya Ghelani, Nina Stibbe, and Grace Haddon and bookseller, Debbie James.

TUESDAY 4th JULY

Writers Meet Up Leicester

Bru Coffee and Gelato, 20-22 Granby St, Leicester, LE1 1DE

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Free, Just turn up

Writers Meet Up is a relaxed and informal meet up for writers living in and around Leicestershire. We're a friendly group and welcome newbies.

The format: Buy a drink, choose a table, introduce yourself and see where the conversation leads...

Join us at our usual monthly networking event to set your summer writing goals and feedback on this year's festival.

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