Writers Spa


Bru Coffee and Gelato, 20-22 Granby St, Leicester, LE1 1DE  




10:30 AM – 2 PM





Free, drop in

Join us on National Writing Day in our pop up Writers Spa, helping you to pamper your creativity and exercise your writing muscle. Perfect for anyone struggling to find the time or inspiration to write. Bring your work in progress along or kick start something new for this drop-in session. Spend glorious hours writing away without worrying about checking your tweets or inbox. A selection of treatments will be available to indulge your inner artist.  






Novel Exchanges


Exchange Bar Snug, 50 Rutland St, Leicester,


6:30 PM –

8 PM

Free Leicester’s very own Mahsuda Snaith will be headlining Novel Exchanges, our quarterly night where writers introduce us to their creative process and read from their latest book. Mahsuda will be reading from her debut novel, The Things We Thought We Knew as well as discussing the novel writing process. Open mic slots available. Mahsuda Snaith


Short story workshop with CG Menon Exchange Bar Snug, 50 Rutland St, Leicester,


3 PM – 4 PM Pay what you can Join this year’s Leicester Writes Short Story Prize winner, CG Menon for an exclusive short story workshop. Catherine will share her insights into what makes a good short story, covering the technical and creative aspects as well as set short writing exercises to help you get your creative juices flowing. CG Menon


Writing Science: Utopia or Dystopia? 
Friday 30th June
5.30 PM – 7 PM
Phoenix Square
Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG 5:30 PM – 7 PM Free Hosted by the Institute of Physics’, this event invites you to explore the role science can play in creating utopian and dystopian fiction. Local writers, Siobhan Logan and Rod Duncan will offer their perspectives, followed by a Q&A. The Institute of Physics’ will also launch their poetry and flash fiction competitions. Rod Duncan

Siobhan Logan

David Wilkinson

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Ceremony & Anthology Launch Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG 7:30 PM – 9 PM £5 (redeemable against a book purchase) Join us to celebrate this year’s winning short stories in our prize giving ceremony and anthology launch. With readings from some of this year’s winners. Books will be available to purchase on the night.

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize was launched to celebrate original short story writing. The judging panel included writers Rebecca Burns, Divya Ghelani, Nina Stibbe, and Grace Haddon and bookseller, Debbie James.

CG Menon

Siobhan Logan

Debz Hobbs-Wyatt

& others


Writers Meet Up Leicester Bru Coffee and Gelato, 20-22 Granby St, Leicester, LE1 1DE 10:30 – 2:30 PM Writers Meet Up is a relaxed and informal meet up for writers living in and around Leicestershire. We’re a friendly group and welcome newbies.

The format: Buy a drink, choose a table, introduce yourself and see where the conversation leads…

Join us at our usual monthly networking event to set your summer writing goals and feedback on this year’s festival.

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