5th October 2019


Story Stones

Leicester Cathedral
10am-noon

Story Stones participants will be asked to draw on their own reading skills and will be asked to draw on a stone with a fine-point permanent marker to make their own story stone/characters. It is a great way to make up stories. For example, we could be driving to Grandma’s house before grabbing hold of a kite and flying over a forest.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all


Comedy writing techniques workshop, with examples from Sue Townsend archive

David Wilson Library,
University of Leicester
10.30am-12.30pm

Writing comedy relies on a range of techniques. What better way to see these come to life than through the editing choices made by comedy legend Sue Townsend as she re-worked her manuscripts? Heide Goody and Iain Grant have written around 20 comedy novels and were thrilled when they first saw the Adrian Mole manuscripts, realising that Sue Townsend’s thought processes very much echoed their own discussions as she made choices to sharpen the humour in her writing. They will talk you through the tools that all comedy writers should have. These techniques will be illustrated by examples from Sue’s work.

Booking:
https://comedy-writing-leicester. eventbrite.co.uk
Free
Suitable for 14+

 


Society of Bookbinders – Make Yourself a Book

Bishop Street Methodist Church,
LE1 6AF
11am-4pm

A chance for you to make yourself a book. You can choose from a selection of books and have one printed on demand. Then you can take the book pages and be shown how to bind them into a book using a classic Japanese form of bookbinding known as Stab Binding. You can also try making your own micro-book or just look at the demonstration of book binding that will be taking place.

No booking required
Admission free, to bind your own book will cost £2

 

 

Brick by Brick

Leicester Cathedral
11-11.40am  and 12-12.40pm

 

Brick by brick is an interactive story-telling event (for 3-5 year olds) about a mouse that picks a flower from a wall which makes  a brick loose, enabling them to see through the wall for the first time. The story shows that walls can become bridges when everyone works together.

Booking at Eventbrite
Free
Suitable for children

 

Knowledge of the Unseen –
Exhibition and Documentary

New Walk Museum
11am-4.30pm every day

This ground-breaking exhibition takes place throughout the whole festival allowing the public to choose and research the objects of African heritage seen within this exhibition. The objects seen within the exhibition have never been seen outside of the museum stores since the late 1800s.

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

 

 

Psalmathon

Circle of Light, 51 Gallowtree Gate,
LE1 5AD
Noon-4pm

Psalmathon “Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” 1Tim 4-13(NIV). Join us in our marathon event of reading out the entire book of Psalms Three main reading positions stationed at Leicester’s Circle of Light. Each position will be assigned a number of designated chapters to be read (150 Psalms in total). The afternoon will be interspersed with Gospel acapella music. It will be a positive, joyous occasion that will be inclusive for all generations to engage in reading or listening to one of history’s most beautiful and poetic books.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

Author Talk – Kelso Simon

New Parks Library,
Aikman Avenue, LE3 9PW
1-3pm

An author talk with Q&A and book signing. Kelso Simon is a bold new voice in fiction. Following the recent launch of his debut novel A Monster’s Tale, he is joining us on home turf to talk about his book, how he became a writer and answer audience questions.

 

Booking:
newparks.lib@leicester.gov.uk or
0116 2298200
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

 

Halloween Hijinks!

Thurnby Lodge
Community Centre LE5 2NG
1-6pm

Dress up in your best Halloween costume and write your own Halloween story.  Will your story be aliens invading Earth or ghosts and ghouls? Put your Wizard caps on to write your thrilling stories.  Our De Montfort University volunteers will be here to help you bring your ideas to life. We will also have a free film screening showcasing Hotel Transylvania after the story workshop – 1-2.30pm Story Writing Workshop, 3-6pm screening of the film Casper.

Booking:
0116 257 7131 or
local@dmu.ac.uk
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

 

A fill-in-the-blanks comedy reading

David Wilson Library,
University of Leicester
1.30-2.30pm

Heide Goody and Iain Grant write comedy novels together. They will be running a workshop earlier in the day about comedy writing, but this session is about getting the audience to do all of the work. They will read a story but leave spaces where the audience can suggest what might come next. Whether you come along just to hear a funny story or to analyse what makes it tick, you will enjoy yourself.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all 14+

 

 

It’s as easy as A,B,C or 1,2,3!

Leicester Cathedral,
Peacock Lane
1.30-3.30pm

For one afternoon only come and meet Jane from the Ladybird Peter and Jane classic books – Key Words in the mobile library and put your reading skills to the test. Let’s begin… Go on a journey… from Play With Us to Look At This. Read alongside Jane whilst having fun – explore words and develop your vocabulary and engage with the wider community.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

The Celtic Colours Trilogy: Author talk, reading and Q&A

Trinity House Chapel,
De Montfort University
1.30-3.30pm

Join author Tracey Iceton as she talks about and reads from her Celtic Colours trilogy of novels, a fictional retelling of a century of conflict in Ireland.  From the historic events of the 1916 Easter Rising, through the horrors of the IRA’s 1980s campaign right up to 2016 and implications of Brexit for peace in Ireland, the story follows one family down the generations as they struggle to survive the fight for Irish independence.  This trio of novels reveals the personal tragedies behind the public story of war and challenges conventional ideas about the heroes, villains and victims of conflict.  Tracey will take you on her journey from idea to publication and beyond as well as reading from the books and there will also be a chance to ask about her writing of such a divisive story.

Booking:
traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk
£5
Suitable for 16+

 

 

Big Read Leicester: The Boy at the Back of the Class with Onjali Rauf

Curve Theatre, Rutland St
12.45-1.45pm

Join us for a big read of The Boy at the Back of the Class with author Onjali Rauf. Read the book and then come along to our book club discussion and put your questions to the author. Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child’s perspective on the Syrian refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense. This award-winning book reminds us all of the potential in standing as an ally while teaching us that everyone deserves a place to call home.  This event will be followed by a book signing.

Booking:
Visit Eventbrite 
Free
Suitable for adults and children 7+

 

Script Read to Scene

Leicester Central Library,
Bishop St, Leicester, LE1 6AA

4-7pm

Come down to watch our team from GM Finney Productions plan, play and discuss ideas on how best to set up, direct and act out a scene.
First a dry read of the script around a table with our group of actors, then with a little more enthusiasm, we will set the moment. A fly on the wall view of how we take the story off the paper, being honest about what works and what doesn’t.
Drop in session, stay for as long or as little as you want and time for questions at the end.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

Author Talk: Austerity and its Victims – Neil Carpenter

Leicester Central Library,
Bishop St, Leicester, LE1 6AA
4-6pm

There are approximately one million adults with a learning disability in the UK who have suffered because of government measures since 2010. Austerity’s Victims exposes the reality, describing in detail the lives of five men in Cornwall. Their income, below the relative poverty threshold, is compared with national and county averages. Their quality of life, as support and benefits are cut, is also examined and falls a long way short of the wellbeing defined in the 2014 Care Act. A common reaction to the book has been ‘I’m ashamed to live in a country that treats people like this’. Come and see if you feel the same.

Booking:
0116 2995401 or central-library@leicester.gov.uk
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

 

Stuff and the Planet

African Caribbean Centre,
Maidstone Rd, LE2 0UA
2-4pm

An inter-generational event to explore climate change through stories, poetry, drama and art led by poet Rob Gee.  Older people will tell us how much less stuff they used to use, while young people are leading the way in challenging in action on climate change.  We will also hear stories from people living in South Highfields whose families in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean are already affected by climate change. What can we each do? Personal commitment expressed through poetry and posters will be shared at the event and displayed on our community noticeboards for months to come. The event will be interactive and fun but about stuff that matters.

No booking required
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

Big Read with Nosh

St Matthew’s House,
Kamloops Crescent, LE1 2HX
2-4pm

A teddy bear’s picnic themed event which will embrace a family-orientated evening of storytelling by renowned storyteller Paul Gobey, as well as, poems and songs from different cultures.  The event will also include different cultural cuisines which people will share with one another.  The event will be delivered in a warm, friendly and safe environment.

Booking:
barbara.stmatthewsbiglocal@gmail.com
Free
Suitable for all

 

 

Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Readings

Curve Theatre, Rutland St
4-5.30pm

Join us to celebrate all things small and perfectly formed with a special guest author who will be delivering this year’s keynote address. The Leicester Writes Short Story Prize was set up in 2017 to encourage anyone to have a go at writing a short story. This event will showcase writers from across the country who have been long-listed in this year’s short story competition. Come and listen to a brilliant mix of new writing and be inspired to enter next year’s competition. Our prize anthology featuring all 20 short stories will be launched on the day.

Booking:
Visit Eventbrite
Free
Adults and children 10+

 

Everybody’s Reading Open Mic Special

Attenborough Arts Centre,
University of Leicester
7-9.30pm

BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health group, in partnership with Word, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, The People’s Arts Collective and The Attenborough Arts Centre present the Everybody’s Reading’s very own Open Mic night. Open to all, but targeting mental health service users, members of the LGBT+ community, people who don’t read and write and other vulnerable /socially excluded groups.

 

Booking:
Attenborough Arts Centre in person or 0116 252 2455
Pay what you feel
Suitable for all