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City libraries celebrate Adrian Mole at 50

Published on Friday, March 31, 2017

SUE TOWNSEND’S best-loved character will be celebrated at Leicester’s busiest libraries next week.

The 50th birthday of Adrian Mole will be marked with themed displays and book give-aways at the Central Library, Pork Pie Library, Beaumont Leys Library and St Barnabas Library.

All library members will have the chance to win an Adrian Mole book when they visit a participating library next week (3-7 April). To take part in the draw, library members simply need to put their details on a postcard and place it in the box next to the Adrian Mole display. Winners will be drawn at each of the five libraries on Friday (7 April).

Assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services Cllr Kirk Master said: “It may be 35 years since ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾’ was first published, but the stories of the angst-ridden Leicester teenager continue to delight new generations of readers.

“If you’ve never read Sue Townsend’s brilliant Adrian Mole books before, Adrian’s 50th birthday on April 2nd provides the perfect opportunity to pop down to your local library and pick up a copy.”

To mark Adrian’s 50th birthday, Penguin Random House has launched ‘Mole Press’ – an exclusive new poetry imprint featuring the work of the misunderstood intellectual and tortured poet, Adrian Mole.

'The Collected Poems' by Adrian Mole brings together all of Adrian’s poems from all of his diaries for the first time.


All eight diaries have also been re-published with new anniversary covers, with Secret Diary and Growing Pains brought together in the same edition for the first time.

In Leicester, Adrian’s 50th birthday will be marked with a day of special events at the University of Leicester.

Happy Birthday Adrian Mole runs from 10.30am on Sunday 2 April. All events are free but advance booking is required.

As part of the celebrations, a two-hour bike ride – taking in the places that Sue Townsend knew when she lived in Eyres Monsell – has been organised.

Led by Ride Leicester, the 9.3-mile route starts at the entrance to the David Wilson Library at the University of Leicester at 11am on Sunday.