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A literary treat in the East Midlands
This year saw the passing of one of Leicester's literary icons. Born in the East Midlands city in 1946, Sue Townsend was best known for her creation Adrian Mole who - over the course of eight books and a few assorted specials - grew from a hilariously disgruntled teenager into a similarly bemused young man, earning himself and his author something of a cult following in the process.
Between November 12th and 15th, the Literary Leicester event will pay tribute to the author who captured the nation's hearts and tickled their funny-bones at the same time. Leicester born author Bali Rai will host the Remembering Sue Townsend event at the four-day book festival, along with a range of other guests, all of whom will share their affection for Townsend and her work.
In addition to this, a modern literary sensation will be appearing at Literary Leicester to discuss her latest work. Novelist Eimear McBride caused a storm last year when her book 'Girl is a Half-Formed Thing' was released. The novel's esoteric style proved divisive and, while some gave up on the book, others raved about it, not least the Goldsmith's panel who awarded it first prize back in 2013. Whatever your opinion, hearing the author talk about its creation is certain to be fascinating.
Other guests include Will Self – whose new novel 'Shark' was released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this year – television presenter and former children's laureate Cerrie Burnell, and celebrated poet Moniza Alvi. It promises to be a sumptuous feast of literary endeavour and celebration, so head down to the University of Leicester on November 12th-15th and be a part of Literary Leicester.