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WORLD-renowned authors, including Leicester’s very own Adele Parks will be heading to the city later this month, for one of the biggest and most diverse literary festivals in the East Midlands.

The annual Literary Leicester Festival, which is set to take place between March 23-26, will be opened by Leicester University alumni and no.1 bestselling author, Adele Parks.

Ms Parks, who is known for writing a string of best sellers, including ‘Game Over’ and ‘The Other Woman’s Shoes,’ will be opening the event, which is hosted annually by The University of Leicester.

Picture: Adele Parks

Booker-Prize winning novelist Howard Jakobson, 2021’s Costa-prize winning novelist Monique Roffey and best-selling Children’s author, Pippa Goodhart will also be in attendance, throughout its three day running period, as well as world-renowned travel writers, Colin Thubron and Monisha Rajesh.

The annual Literary Leicester Festival, which attracts more than five thousand visitors a year, brings together award-winning writers and best-selling novelists from different genres, backgrounds and styles and will feature a number of free to attend events at different locations across the city.

This year’s festival will be re-launched as part of the University’s Centenary celebrations. To celebrate the milestone, there’ll be a series of talks looking at other literary centenaries in 2022.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leicester, said:

“The University of Leicester is proud to be hosting the Literary Leicester Festival in our Centenary year. The festival is unique in the way that it brings together a really diverse range of voices. 

“It is truly a festival for everyone and it demonstrates how we embrace diversity in everything that we do as a University. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this wonderful event.”

Dr Harry Whitehead, Director of Literary Leicester, said: “I’m thrilled to see Literary Leicester 2022 return to live, in-person literary events. We’re hugely proud to continue our tradition of offering big-name authors and compelling topics of discussion, 100 per cent free, in our wonderful, diverse city.

“We’re also working with local schools, libraries and charities. We’re celebrating fifteen years of the Letterbox Club with a fantastic family event on Saturday, March 26 and our Fringe showcases some of the University’s most exciting research.

“By holding our headline events in the evenings and at weekends, and by remaining completely free, we draw a larger, more diverse audience than many other festivals. As well as devoted lit-fest attendees, we also hope to see those who’ve not considered coming along to a literature event before. We’re here for everyone.”

Free tickets for Literary Leicester can be booked via Eventbrite

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