De Montfort University is the main sponsor and organiser of this year’s prestigious. Everybody’s Reading Festival in Leicester.
The festival is city-wide and last year saw more than 100 events take place at 40 venues throughout Leicester involving everyone from children to grandparents on many of the city’s estates.
This year, the event has been extended from a nine-day festival to cover the whole month of October – and you can stage your own event.
People are being invited to come forward with ideas for reading events and can apply for up to £200 in funding for their plans.
Event co-ordinator Jess Bogic said: “The event’s aim is to take reading out to the wider community in Leicester so that children, parents, grandparents and the people of Leicester have an opportunity to come to events inspired by books, reading and words.”
The festival started in 2010 and has hosted world-famous authors like Michael Rosen, Helen Skelton and Michael Morpurgo at events. Local writers and performers like poet Jess Green, writers Bali Rai and Rod Duncan and all-round wordsmith Carole Leeming have also made appearances.
In the last five years, more than 24,500 people have attended 580 events.
Those wishing to stage events for the Everybody’s Reading 2019 festival and apply for the £200 sponsorship should follow these steps:
- Click the “ER Event Application Form 2019” link below
- Save and fill in the document
- Email the document to firstname.lastname@example.org