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Festival of Stories promises inspiring events

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An exciting project, which celebrates all things about stories, aims to inspire and unite people of all ages across libraries, community venues and adult learning centres throughout Leicestershire.

The county council's Festival of Stories programme - which runs from 7th to 22nd August - will see 50 family-friendly events featuring 30 different specialists in the arts, including storytelling, theatre workshops, author talks, writing workshops, dance art and music.

The events bring together families and friends to be inspired, to be creative and to enjoy each other's company.

Visitors to the events – both in person and online – will also be encouraged to share their own stories and take part in communal activities based around the themes of the Festival which are Stories to Inspire, Creating Stories and Stories of Us.

The Stories to Inspire events include a talk by best-selling author and historian Alison Weir, at Oadby library, an Inn Crowd Theatre production of Molly Naylor’s 'Stop Trying to be Fantastic' at Hinckley library and Will Jackson’s 'Yours Sincerely' at Wigston library.

The Creating Stories thread will see a wide variety of activities, including:

  • Asian storytelling and dance workshops by Nupur Arts at Birstall and Wigston libraries;
  • Storyteller Nicky Rafferty inviting families to come together to create some 'Big Noisy Stories' at Coalville and Hinckley libraries;
  • Katie Ilersic will be leading creative dance workshops at Blaby and Market Harborough libraries which will use Louise Greig’s book 'Sweep' as the inspiration.



Stories of Us focuses on events and the communities involved in them, with walks and treasure hunts included in the events taking place across the county.

In Cosby and Markfield, the Cosby Crafters group will be encouraging members of the public to created stitched hearts which will be included in a  'tunnel of love' as part of a yarn bombing display.

Most of the events making up the Festival of Stories programme will be face-to-face, but there are several workshops taking place online.

These include a series of interactive story-themed workshops for children aged four to 10, a talk by Leicester author Bali Rai on the lost voices in British historical fiction, and a Zoom-based workshop for aspiring comic creators aged 15 to 25. Many of the in-person events will also be live-streamed.

Stories are some of the most important things that bind us together and connect us; everyone has a story to tell. Sometimes that is through writing and books, but it can also be through music, dance, illustration, drama and history. All these things are included in the Festival of Stories and we hope visitors will find something new to try and experience together

The programme has been created by the county council's participation and libraries' teams.

For more information on the Festival of Stories and to book places on the events, see the website

You can also keep up to date with what’s happening on the Leicestershire Libraries Facebook page at

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