The Tenth States of Independence: a free book festival in one day
Date(s) - Saturday, 23rd March
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Book Festival
- Book launch
- Book Stall
- Short Stories
States of Independence is a book festival in a day, attended by several hundred people, featuring around 25 stalls and 25 events, organised by Five Leaves and the Creative Writing Team at De Montfort University.
All events are free and unticketed. There are readings, book launches, industry panels – all from the world of independent presses, independent writing, independent thinking.
Come for an hour or come for all day.
We have a cafe on site and all the events are free.
The programme. Note – times might change slightly, please call back nearer the time to check. A day programme is given out at the event
Crime fiction, with John Harvey
John Harvey has been a leading voice in British crime writing for decades. His latest novel is Body & Soul. Here, his detective Frank Elder, finds that his own daughter might be a victim of crime, but she might also be a murderer. It’s his job to prove her innocence.
Shieldmaidens, with Marianne Whiting
States of Independence’s in-house Viking takes to the stage to conclude the series of Shieldmaidens – where a young Viking woman picks up her sword and goes in search of retribution and justice as the English are fighting the Norse for supremacy. Worship of the old Norse gods is challenged by Christianity. Traditional loyalties are tested and revenge can be swift.
Alan Baker and Deborah Tyler-Bennett reading
Alan Baker – reading also as part of Red Ceilings – will be reading from his new collection Riverrun, a set of sonnets about the Trent “when the May-flies rise in the sun”; Deborah Tyler-Bennett will be reading from Mr Bowlly Regrets, also set in the East Midlands, with subjects including the women who comb the obituaries of their local press to the lads from tiny Leicestershire communities who died at Flanders.
Sabrina Mei-Li Smith, ‘The Holy Bible’ or “What happened to that Richey bloke from the Manic Street Preachers?”
Sabrina Mei-Li Smith has worked with Derby Theatre, Tamasha and ‘In Good Company’ to produce a biographical play about Richey Edwards from the Manic Street Preachers focussing on the under-documented time he spent in Roehampton’s Priory Hospital in 1994. Sabrina will talk about her use of a memory box of 1990s alternative music scene memorabilia, and the genre of biofiction.
What is the art of book illustration? How do images and writing strike up a dialogue? How do illustrators work with authors? Join Illustrators Julian Pinnick and Ian Newsham to discuss their craft, inspirations, and share samples of their work.
Launch of ‘Take Three’ Volume 1 – debut poetry collections by Pippa Hennessy, Elizabeth Hourston and Tuesday Shannon.
Come and enjoy three unique voices taking us from hot summer nights in town to what quantum theory can tell us about the human condition, and then off to the wild landscapes of the Orkneys. This is the first in a Soundswrite Press series featuring emerging women poets from the East Midlands.
Exploring Identity in Fiction through Readings and a Literary Quiz
Identity is a common theme in fiction, but what does it actually mean? Author, book blogger and former psychologist, Anne Goodwin invites you to explore the concept through extracts from classical and contemporary novels and readings from her own first short story collection, Becoming Someone. Test your literary knowledge in the quiz by identifying the sources of the quotations.
Shearsman poetry reading with Geraldine Clarkson
Shearsman – always our furthest travelled stall-holder! – presents a reading by Geraldine who comes from a family of ten, and her poetry is influenced by her roots in the West of Ireland, and years which she spent in monastic life, including three years in the Peruvian desert. Her chapbook, Declare, was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice.