Everybody’s Reading 2017

30th September – 8th October 2017

The Everybody’s Reading Festival is over for another year! We have gathered up our many pictures, collected in our yellow post-it notes and sent our thanks to the 100 or so people involved in making the festival such a success every year.

You can see our pictures from the 2017 festival below! If you took any pictures you’d like to share with us, you can drop us an email on everybodysreading@sdsa.net.


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 #MiniLibraries! (#MiniLibraryNetwork)

We launched a Mini Library Network as part of the 2017 festival build up. 3 venues around Leicester hosted one of our mini bookshelves – We chose venues that generally don’t have a range of books easily accessible so that as many people as possible can access reading material.

Our first mini library was launched on Saturday 1st July in the Town Hall Square. The bookcase lived in the Methodist Church Chapel Cafe on Bishop Street until the end of the festival. #MiniLibrary number 2 was launched on Saturday 2nd September in the Leicester Cathedral and #MinilLibrary number 3 was in the Highcross Shopping Centre, outside of Toys R Us! Our books were free to take, borrow, swap – We hope to continue this initiative next year, so stay tuned!

See some images below from the 3 Mini Libraries and their storytelling launch events:

The Festival – What’s it all about?

Everybody’s Reading is a festival of all things reading, taking place across Leicester city in schools, libraries and venues, ranging from bars, cafes, pubs, and coffee shops.

Everybody’s Reading is dedicated to encouraging every person in Leicester to hear spoken word artists, poets, authors and community writers in their local community venues and offers funding to help make this happen. With a large variety of genres catered to, it is guaranteed there is something for everyone to enjoy from anywhere in the city


tcA HUGE thank you to all the 2017 volunteers, we can’t wait to do it all over again next year when we will be needing another gang of festival recruits. If you are interested in getting work experience, would like to try something new, or would just like to volunteer your time and meet new people for 2018, we will have lots of volunteering opportunities again – So check back next year!

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