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 on June 21st to . On Tuesday 27th June At Novel Exchanges 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. The full programme is now live and we hope to see you at one or two, or indeed all of our events at this year’s festival.
In its inaugural year the festival took place in venues across Leicester’s cultural quarter in 2015 and featured keynote speakers Kerry Young, Rod Duncan, Bali Rai and Kerry Young. Other sessions included Writing your first novel and getting published with Alison Moore, Writing for Radio and TV with screenwriters Michelle Lipton and others, Writing Crime with Mark Wright as well as featuring local writers Bali Rai. The festival concluded with a Spoken word night featuring verses from Lydia Towsey, Shruti Chauhan, Jenny Hibword, Carol Leeming and Tim Grayson.
In 2016, the festival continued to celebrate the work of regional writers with the launch of Lost and Found, a collection of 22 short stories on the theme of home by Leicestershire writers. Other events included a Meet the Publishers networking night, a Spoken word night which showcased the work of Jayne Stanton, winner of the first Bru Poetry Prize and The Art of Writing Fiction with US based author Kirstin Ruth Bratt and members of the Whole Kahani.
We are grateful for the support from our festival friends and regional partners past and present: Rhetoric Literary Society, Leicester Writers Club, Writing East Midlands, Centre for New Writing at University of Leicester, De Montfort University, An Indian Summer, Inspirate as well as venues Bru Coffee and Gelato, Curve Leicester, The Exchange, LCB Depot and Phoenix Square.