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Reading festival returns to the city

Published on Thursday, September 29, 2016

A NINE-DAY programme of events celebrating all things book-related will be launched on Saturday (Oct 1st) as Everybody's Reading returns to the city.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools said: "As an avid reader myself, I absolutely love this festival. It celebrates books and the joy of reading with a fantastic and exciting programme of events. It is also wonderful that the festival has attracted so many big names from the literary world again this year."

Everybody's Reading 2016 runs from Saturday, October 1 until Sunday, October 9, and will feature a number of events and workshops with high profile writers and performers as part of the city wide festival.

Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell will be taking part in a question and answer session at the Y Theatre on Saturday 1st October.

The illustrator, occasional writer of children's books and political cartoonist for The Observer will also be signing books at the event from 1.30pm.

Other highlights include a sold-out audience with world-renowned author, Michael Morpurgo at Leicester Cathedral on 4th October.

Juliet Martin, festival coordinator, said: "This year we are celebrating Leicester in all its Leicesterness, from LCFC to King Richard III.

"You'll find events taking place all across the city and there will be something for everyone. Meet authors, get arty and crafty and, most of all, get reading!"

Everybody's Reading 2016 takes place at a variety of venues across the city.

Full details and times for all events are available from the festival website at