Write On, A Leicester Writers’ Showcase is a poetry anthology event celebrating the city. The first event features readings from poets who contributed to the “Welcome to Leicester” book, edited by Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa, and will include a Q&A session with the editors.

Welcome to Leicester co-editor Emma Lee says “We’re delighted to support his new initiative from Leicester City Libraries and see “Welcome to Leicester” featured.”

Co-editor Ambrose Musiyiwa says, “Leicester is the site of one of the oldest known urban settlements in Britain and has made significant contributions to the development of the English language. It was at the centre of movements such as those that led to the development of parliamentary democracy in Britain, votes for women and the abolishment of the Atlantic Slave Trade. It is also one of the most plural and diverse cities anywhere in the world and there is someone from everywhere who calls the city home. We wanted to capture some of those diverse stories in a poetry anthology to show there’s more to Leicester than a Premiership win and Richard III.”

The second event on 15 February features “Lost and Found: stories from home” an anthology of Leicestershire writers published by Leicester’s Dahlia Press. The third event on 15 March features Leicester poet Carol Leeming reading from her collection “The Declamations of Cool Eye.”

The first event, “Welcome to Leicester” will be held on Wednesday 18 January 2017 from 6.30pm at Leicester Central Library

Chris is a Sparrow.

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