Event brings together professionals to discuss new approaches to the writing and publishing industry

Opportunities and challenges for independent publishers and self-published authors in the grassroots literary scene in Leicester and beyond were discussed at a recent event organised by the University on Thursday 6 July at LCB Depot.

The event, titled ‘Do It Yourself: Grassroots Writing and Publishing’ and organised by Dr Stevie Marsden and Dr Paula Serafini from the CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies brought together writers, authors, academics, independent publishers and zine-makers to look at what it takes to make grassroots writing and publishing work.

Speakers included local writer and publisher Farhana Shaikh (Dahlia Publishing), Lecturer in Publishing at University of Derby Miriam Johnson, and Assistant Editor at One Of My Kind (OOMK Zine), Heiba Lamara.

CAMEo Research Associate Dr Stevie Marsden said: “Our second salon event was a great success. We were delighted to be able to bring together many different members of the public to discuss literature and publishing in Leicester and beyond. Holding these events in partnership with cultural organisations like LCB Depot allows us to expand the reach of our work and we’re very grateful to have the opportunity to hold events with them.”

The event is the second of a series of public salons CAMEo is hosting, which aim to attract a diverse and engaged audience both from and outside the University. Keep up-to-date with CAMEo’s future events by emailing cameo@le.ac.uk to join their mailing list.