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Details of 2024 Literary Leicester festival released

Literary Leicester, the University of Leicester’s annual free literature festival, will return next month with Adam Kay, Russell Kane and Dame Maggie Aderin-Pocock set to headline.

The festival will take place between Wednesday 20 March and Friday 22 March at the University of Leicester campus and in the city.

Leicester Time: Details of 2024 Literary Leicester festival released
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Established in 2008, Literary Leicester attracts up to 5,000 attendees each year to hear Booker-Prize winners, celebrated cultural commentators, novelists, poets, historians, biographers and much more. 

This year’s festival will include multi-million bestselling This Is Going To Hurt author and BAFTA-winner Adam Kay, comedian and writer Russell Kane, and University of Leicester’s Chancellor, leading TV scientist Dame Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Dr Harry Whitehead, Festival Director for Literary Leicester said: “We’re hugely excited to be bringing some of the most exciting writers in many different forms to Leicester this year. Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt, sold millions of copies and was adapted into a BAFTA-winning TV series. Our very own Dame Maggie Aderin-Pocock is one of the country’s best loved popular scientists, Russell Kane a brilliant comedian and writer.

Leicester Time: Details of 2024 Literary Leicester festival released
Picture: Russell Kane

“We’ve The Guardian’s ‘Country Diary’ writer, naturalist Mark Cocker, we’re looking at 40 years of mental health in Leicester, ‘Byron vs Wordsworth’ and loads more. There are opportunities to buy a book, care of our partner Kibworth Books, and get it signed. And, as always, we’re 100% free and open to everyone.”

The complete programme for this year’s festival can be accessed at: