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 we have a fantastic total of 146 events across 64 venues!
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!