Extra Reading 2017

Check here regularly before, during and after the 2017 festival for any updates or cancellations to the programme!
 Cancellations to the programme:

Bali RaiSat 7th Oct
Swan & Rushes

Talent Match: Reading and Reggae with Bali Rai

Has unfortunately been cancelled. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience this causes!



Additions to the programme

upstairs at the western logoUpstairs at the Western Sex Ed show




Wed 4th October
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Upstairs at The Western
The Sex Ed Show


How do you teach sex education? By writing “I will wear a condom” twenty times? And what about LGBT identities. A spelling test should do it, right? For one night, Upstairs at the Western becomes a classroom, and Jasmine Gardosi the schoolteacher. Take a seat and watch her try, and probably fail, to teach you the world’s hardest subject. Perhaps she’ll learn a thing or two along the way.

Book here, tickets from £6: http://www.upstairsatthewestern.com/shows/jasmine-gardosi/


Sat 7house of verse logoth October
7pm – 9:30pm
The Attenborough Arts Centre
House of Verse Presents: World Mental Health Day

House of Verse teams up with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Brightsparks and Attenborough Arts Centre to deliver 10 theatre-based workshops with mental health service users exploring thoughtful narratives culminating in a special performance championing the love of reading and sharing stories.  The theatre-based, cross-artform workshops will be designed to find and facilitate the unique voices and stories of 14 participants with diverse mental health issues. Join us for this special performance at Attenborough Arts Centre.

Pay as you Feel
No booking required
Visit the House of Verse website here


Edits to the programme

Traverse-cardsMon 2nd October
6:30pm – 9pm

The Exchange Bar 
Traverse Poetry Trading Cards Reading

Put a poet in your pocket! Short for ‘Trading Verse’, Traverse are beautifully produced cards for the poetry lover in you. They come in little packs filled with 3 super-collectable cards. Come along to hear great poetry, pick up one of our FREE cards and for a chance to buy a pack plus a Special Limited Edition card exclusive to Everybody’s Reading. Readers include
Jacqueline Gabbitas, Fawzia Kane, Di Slaney, Wayne Burrows, Pippa Hennessy, and more.

This event is completely FREE to attend. (You do not need to book in advance, Just Turn up and Enjoy!)


Mon 2nd OctLeanda De Lisle
The Guildhall
Leanda De Lisle, Lady Jane Grey & Forgotten Sisters

This event has been moved from Sunday 1st October to the above date and time.

‘Leanda de Lisle brings the story of nine days’ queen, Lady Jane Grey and her forgotten sisters, the rivals of Elizabeth I, to vivid life in her fascinating biography’. Philippa Gregory.

Tickets £4.50
Booking Recommended: 0116 253 2569


Storyteller of the yearMon 2nd Oct
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Secular Hall
Storyteller of the Year Entertains

The Bard of Windmill Hill turns the absurd, bewildering and frequently frustrating aspects of modern life into laughter fodder. Witty, ironic and waspish, this is social comment and cerebral stand-up at its best. He has been praised by the BBC’s Dr Phil Hammond for the range and depth of his work. This could be just the prescription you need. He has been poet in residence and co-organiser of Bristol’s longest running variety show since 2008 and has appeared at many festivals and theatres throughout the UK. “Brilliant, captivating, cheering” Chippenham Folk Festival. “Pure magic” Chagstock.

Tickets £6 – But please note booking is recommended and not essential.
If you would like to book in advance then please call 07954 147 464


TMoonshine WordJame Lydia and Mellowhur 5th Oct
4pm – 6pm
The Exchange Bar
Moonshine Word JamShop – With Lydia and Mellow


Please note – This event was incorrectly printed and it is in fact taking place on Wednesday 4th Oct – Same place and time, different date.

Bring your own work or favourite passage (or recipe!) you’re inspired by. Or you can read from material provided. Hear how it sounds, accompanied by live improvised music from the BootLeg Jazz Trio. This guided jam-shop session will be facilitated by Lydia Towsey, poet performer and author, and Mellow Baku, jazz vocalist, improviser and lyricist. The
Trio will also play as you write, to inspire & stimulate creative responses. Upstairs in ‘the
snug’ at The Exchange is a supportive environment to encourage collaboration,
reading aloud and performance development.

Free to attend
Booking Essential via secretagentartist@hotmail.com