Eighth annual literary festival promises to explore the magic of Wonderland the mystery of Jack the Ripper and the genius of James Joyce

A vibrant celebration of the written and spoken word is set to visit the city once again as this year's completely free Literary Leicester festival prepares to welcome a distinguished selection of authors, poets and performers.

Now in its eighth year, the thriving event, organised by the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, welcomes an array of talent including an Oxford scholar, BAFTA-winning screenwriter and a best-selling novelist.

The event takes place at numerous locations in the city, such as The Attenborough Art Centre, Phoenix Square and the University’s main campus, between Wednesday 11 November and Saturday 14 November.

In total, 20 literary-themed talks, readings, discussions and lectures will take place during the packed four-day-long free festival.

Festival director, Dr Harry Whitehead from the School of English, says: “This year Literary Leicester is bigger than ever, and extended its events beyond the university all around the city. As a completely free festival, we're keen to see more people who might not ordinarily come to a literary festival attending. With big names, big subjects, multiple schools and children’s events, we’re confident we have something for everyone to enjoy.”

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