Welcome to Literary Leicester 2016
This year, we welcome children’s authors Dame Jacqueline Wilson and David Wood. Fay Weldon talks women’s writing. David Crystal describes how Shakespeare would have sounded 400 years ago. Happy Valley writer/director Sally Wainwright tells us about putting the Brontës on film. Philip Eade and Alexander Masters discuss Evelyn Waugh and using letters and diaries to write biography. Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and Maggie Harris celebrate Caribbean verandah culture. We hear from a ‘wandering gay Moroccan novelist and filmmaker.’ Leicester’s own Leonie Orton, Joe’s sister, launches her autobiography. The University of Leicester’s academics offer talks on subjects from The Victorian Magic Lantern to Charlotte Brontë’s readers. Celebrated poets Tom Pickard and Sarah Howe join us. We have new writing being launched, from the charity First Story’s school children, to readings by authors from the first new black British short story anthology in fifteen years. And we formally open the festival with an illustrious panel of authors discussing ‘Writing and Racism’ after Brexit.
With famous writer Q and As, film screenings, panels, readings, workshops, new writing launches, children’s activities and more, the festival has something for everyone, whatever your age or background. And, as always, it’s completely free! We look forward to seeing you this November.
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