Free entry but phone 0116 299 5401 to book (unless otherwise stated against the event) or complete the Libraries’ contact form https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-community/libraries-and-community-centres/libraries/. Refreshments included.
An evening of Poetry with Emma Lee 6-8pm Wednesday 6 October at Leicester Central Library, Bishop St, Leicester LE1 6AA. Emma will read from her wonderful collection The Significance of a Dress and discuss the collections origins in an anthology she co-edited Over Land, Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge. Emma Lee’s publications include The Significance of a Dress (Arachne, 2020) and Ghosts in the Desert (IDP, 2015), Mimicking a Snowdrop (Thynks, 2014) and Yellow Torchlight and the Blues (Original Plus 2004). She co-edited Over Land, Over Sea (Five Leaves, 2015), was Reviews Editor for The Blue Nib, reviews for magazines and blogs.
Not Writing for ‘The Man’ Working with Independent Publishers, Wednesday 6 October 6-8pm Knighton Library, 167 Clarendon Park Road, LE2 3AJ. In this panel events, Jamie Mollart, Rob Palk and David Wharton, three authors published by Sandstone Press, will discuss why independent publishers are important, how they allow writers to take chances, challenge the status quo, strike out into new ground and bring exciting new material to the reading public. Each will talk about their own work, their journey to publication and how getting published has changed their lives. There will be an audience Q&A and a bookstore hosted by Fox Books.
Getting Published with Headline Changed my Life Cathy Mansell 2-3.30pm Thursday 7 October at Pork Pie Library, Southfields Drive, LE2 6QS. Cathy writes romantic suspense novels set in Ireland, England and America. She’ll talk about life as a writer, her inspirations and how her publishing deal with Headline has been life changing. There will be time for audience questions. “I can’t imagine my life without writing.” Cathy’s latest of 7 novels, published in 2020 is The Dublin Girls: a powerfully heart-rending family saga of three sisters in 1950s Ireland.
Black Lives Matter: Poems for a New World Thursday 7 October 3-4.30pm Westcotes Library, Narborough Road LE3 0BQ, featuring readings from poems published in the anthology.
Change your life and write a novel! A workshop event with Helen Cooper 4.30-6.30pm Thursday 7 October Beaumont Leys Library, Beaumont Way LE4 1DS. Helen Cooper, author of The Downstairs Neighbour – a suspense novel with a twist – offers this exclusive writing workshop as part of Leicester’s Libraries Week celebrations. So, join this free workshop for top tips on how to get started and write that novel that you’re bursting to get out. No previous writing experience equipment needed, though you might want to bring your favourite pen and that classy looking notebook you’ve been saving!. To book call 0116 299 5460.
Short Story Salon with Dahlia Books 6-8pm Thursday 7 October Hamilton Library, 20 Maidenwell Avenue, LE5 1BL. An exclusive live edition of Dahlia Books’ monthly Short Story Salon. Featuring exceptional local talent, this event will celebrate all things small and perfectly formed with short story readings and a discussion on the craft of writing. To book for this event use 0116 221 2790.
The Man Who Fell in (Love With) the Sea and other stories of 100 words Rod Duncan 6-8pm Friday 8 October Central Library Bishop St, LE1 6AA. Rod Duncan introduces the 100-word story and reads from his new collection Tableau Vivant. His cast of characters include a concierge who keeps his mouth closed, a mischievous crow, a cleaner who borrows her employer’s shoes, an irresistible honeysuckle, and a spaceship that lands in the shade. Rod will also talk about the creative process, and why 100-word stories can be a great way to develop your writing craft. If you want to write a novel, first learn to write a story of 100 words.
An afternoon of short stories hosted by Julia Wood and Beth Gaylard 1.30-3.30pm Saturday 9 October, Central Library, Bishop St, LE1 6AA. Leicester Writers’ Club, a community of writers based in Leicester and Leicestershire, has a 60-year history of developing the best in local writing talent. Come along for a relaxed afternoon of short stories from current members. I will also be reading at this event.