Literary Leicester

Literary Leicester is the university’s annual free literary festival, open to all. Brought to you by the School of Arts and the Centre for New Writing, the festival hosts events at the university and right across the city, in cinemas, theatres, community halls, schools and more. Since 2008, up to 5,000 attendees a year join us to participate in events with Booker-Prize winners, celebrated cultural commentators, novelists, poets, historians, biographers and much more. We discuss important, fun and fascinating contemporary topics across a wide range of subjects. In our multicultural city, our ongoing themes include inclusivity, diversity and accessibility. We are a festival for everyone.

We'd like to thank everybody who attended our events between 23-26 March 2022, as well as all of our partners including Renaissance One, Kibworth Books and others. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the Jean and Arthur Humphreys Fund and our other funders, so an extra special thank you goes out to them also. For details of further events during the year including our event with Val McDermid please visit our Eventbrite page or contact us at literaryleicester@leicester.ac.uk

Several of our headline events were livestreamed. Tune in to watch

Livestreamed events include: 

  • Adele Parks
  • Howard Jacobson
  • Monique Roffey
  • Mi Duck: Writers Changing Leicester 

Literary Leicester 2022

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