12th October 2019


Stories Through Art

Aylestone Library,
Aylestone Leisure Centre, LE2 6LU


Bring your favourite family story and your family to make a picture using a wide variety of materials to show your idea through art. Use your knowledge of the story to depict the picture in any way your imagination takes you. When finished tell us about your picture and the inspiration behind it. Your picture will then be displayed in the library.

Suitable for children 10 and under



Leicester Writers’ Showcase Presents a Local Writers’ Fair

Leicester Central Library,
Bishop St

Come along to our Local Writers’ fair at Leicester Central Library. We have talks, book signings and workshops. This is a great opportunity for readers to meet local writers, get signed copies of their books and join a workshop or two. The fair itself is a drop in but people wishing to have a stall should book via central-library@ leicester.gov.uk by end of September at the latest. See page xx for all the details.

No booking required
Suitable for all



Mr Men Madness

New Walk Museum, Leicester

A celebration of the Mr Men and Little Miss book series created by Roger Hargreaves. Come and read your favourites from the collection at New Walk, watch some of the classic cartoon series and enjoy our Mr Men-inspired dioramas.

No booking required
Suitable for all



Easy Saturday

LCB Depot, Rutland St,

Join us to discover storytelling all over again. Create your own stories using pictures and sound and try out experimental techniques to conjure up amazing, exciting, scary and funny. There are also even more activities as part of our Design Season, including behemoth buildings and doolally drawings.

No booking required
Suitable for children 2-10



Riddles and Rhymes

Leicester Cathedral

The White Rabbit’s afternoon tea party. The white rabbit invites you to tumble down the rabbit hole and discover a tea party beyond your wildest imagination. Take part in word games and rhyming riddles and put your reading to the test. Rhyming riddles are a fun source of comprehensible input and vocabulary building. Starting with a base word, children and adults have to read clues and find words that fit the clues and rhyme with the base word to complete the text. Expect to be reminded of familiar characters and recall childhood tales along the way.

No booking required
Suitable for all



A rehearsed reading of Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Pork Pie Library,
Southfields Drive, LE2 6QS

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a story for one who knows that somewhere there’s a higher way of living than scuffing the tracks of others, someone who yearns to fly the way their own heart yearns to fly.
This little fable reminds us that our path to follow is already written within, that it’s for each of us to find our own loves and live them brightly for ourselves. Our one freedom is for us to love and to choose every day of our lives, as we wish.
This will be a rehearsed reading of this classic tale and will be read in virtual darkness, so the audience can focus on the words and the message of the tale.

Pay what you feel
Suitable for all



Magic Teapot presents Talking Freedom! With Francesca Martinez and Raoul Martinez

Hansom Hall,
Leicester Adult Education College,LE1 6QL

The language of freedom frames the most urgent of issues of our time, including questions about who we are and who we want to be. But it has always been distorted to undermine democracy and justify soaring inequality, a dehumanising justice system and a divisive domestic and foreign policy.
Raoul Martinez (author of Creating Freedom and award-winning director of The Lottery of Birth) in conversation with Francesca Martinez (award-winning author of What The **** is Normal?!, star of Live at the Apollo and Question Time) explore division verses hope and the importance of developing a political framework to make sense of a world gone mad.

Advisable. Contact:
£10 for adults, £6 for children and concessions
Suitable for all



Censorship – Banning Books

Manhattan bar, Rutland St,

Darren Walker’s first novel Closing Shop might be a comedy fantasy but the subject matter is full of demons and angels and has been noticed by the Westboro Baptist Church and become the target of their hatred. As such, Darren has developed a talk where he looks at banned books. It isn’t always countries or religions that take on authors and their books and some unexpected works have been the target of puritans who think that they have the right to stop others from reading.

Suitable for those 14+