10th October 2019

Over 55s Poetry Group

The Exchange bar,
Rutland St, Leicester
10am-12pm

An informal poetry workshop led by BBC Slam Champion Jess Green which has been running for 6 years. Bring along a piece of your work which you would like feedback on, grab a coffee and join in the friendly discussion. As well as professional feedback, participants will be given the opportunity to take part in writing tasks with an aim to develop their writing, structuring and editing techniques. This is a session for all abilities and experiences and we always welcome newcomers.

No booking required
£4
Suitable for over 55s

 

Stories in the Art Yard

Art Yard at Clarendon Park Rd Gardens,
LE2 3AJ
11am-1pm

Stories in the Art Yard is sensory story-telling for toddlers. During the session, children will explore all four elements – water, air, earth, fire.  Each element will be presented with a story and enrichment activity using sensory materials. Water-songs, air-game, earth-into the woods activity, fire-family yoga activity.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for children 0-5

 

Writing from Between the Lines

Clephan Building,
De Montfort University
6-8pm

Based on the concept of liminality, this poetry and performance workshop aims to motivate those who feel stuck between nationalities, races, genders, bodies, legal and educational status. Open to everyone, particularly refugees, migrants, survivors of domestic abuse and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Here we can create and share work in a safe environment, following prompts and inspiration from other liminal poets and give performance and confidence advice to those who want to speak their truth but don’t know how. The workshop will be provided by Cynthia Rodriguez, a Mexican-British writer and performer who writes from between the lines based on their life as a non-binary migrant whose ethnicity and background cannot be found in the regular British census. Their first poetry collection, Meanwhile, tackles these issues and is due to be released next year on Burning Eye books.

No booking required
Pay what you feel
18+

 

Words Unsaid: Decolonisation of the African Myth

Esquires Coffee, The Circle, 5 New Walk Place 6-9pm

Listen to the sensual vibes of Sydney Lowell all the way from the Netherlands, with The Orator, and dtp and much more. We invite you to help us revise the narrative we’ve been told about African culture, though spoken word and literature.

 

Booking: Open mic register
tara@opal22.co.uk
Free
Suitable for all

 

Lee’s Book Club – a book and a bite

Westcotes Library,
Narborough Rd, LE3 0BQ
6.30-8.30pm

Book Club is for you! Lee started the club in December 2018 at Westcotes Library and we would like to attract new members to our book club and reach out to other homeless people in the city about the joy of reading. Food is always a part of our meetings and for this ER special, we invite you to join us for food and company, plus a free book to take away. If you would like to join the club, come back in November and tell us how you found the book we gave you.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

2 Strange

Attenborough Arts Centre,
Uni of Leicester, LE1 7HA
7-8.15pm

From the man who brought you The Nose That Nobody Picke’ and David Parkin’s Delusions of Grandeur comes an evening of weird for grown-ups. 2 Strange is two other-worldly short stories from the deranged brain of David Parkin, read by the author and Pete Shenton (New Art Club). David will open with the horror comedy, Head Case. A tale about a man who gets dumped and his head starts falling apart, literally. Gruesome, thoughtful and funny. Pete will finish the evening by reading The High Cross, Leicester, Planet Earth, The Other Side of the Universe, about a stranded, telepathic, alcoholic alien watching the first commercial flight to the moon in a pub. The stories will be accompanied by live music from Dave Dhonua.

Booking:
0116 2522455
Pay what you feel
Suitable for 16+ adult content

 

Story Sparks!

Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre,
Midland Road
7-9pm

All writers start by reading and falling in love with stories. Come to Leicester Writers’ Club and discover which stories sparked writers’ imaginations and started their journey to publication. Four members will talk about and read from the stories that transformed them from readers to writers and sparked their journeys to publication. These may have been fairytales, magical young adult fiction or fantasies that left them spellbound. Leicester Writers’ Club celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018 and members include published and prize-winning authors in fiction, including science fiction and fantasy, romance, historical fiction and thrillers; poetry; children’s books; scripts and non-fiction. Some of whom have been translated into other languages and seen their work published outside the UK.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

Kenny Wilson Sings the Songs of Leonard Cohen

Leicester Guildhall
8-10pm

An evening of songs and poems. Leonard Cohen was one of the most original and influential song writers to come out of the 1960s. In this concert, Kenny Wilson will celebrate some of the greatest and most-loved songs including Suzanne, Hallelujah, Bird on the Wire, Famous Blue Raincoat and many more. This is a fantastic and unique opportunity to hear his songs and poetry in the beautiful medieval Guildhall.

Booking:
0116 253 2569
£10 for adults, £8 for children and concessions
Suitable for all