Send in a proposal for the 2019 Everybody's Reading festival and you could get up to £200 in funding


As the application deadline nears, staff and students are urged to send in proposals for staging an event at this year’s prestigious Everybody’s Reading festival in Leicester, which this year is being backed and organised by DMU.

This is the first year the major festival has been run by the university and the hope is that the campus can become a focal point with a series of events.

Staff and students are being invited to come forward with ideas for reading events and apply for up to £200 in funding for their plans. Applications close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 19 June.

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The festival is city-wide and last year saw more than 100 events take place at 40 venues throughout Leicester involving everyone from children to grandparents on many of the city’s estates.

This year, the event has been extended from a nine-day festival to cover the whole of October – and the aim is to have a series of events across the DMU campus during that time.

Event co-ordinator Jess Bogic said: “The event’s aim is to take reading out to the wider community in Leicester so that children, parents, grandparents and the people of Leicester have an opportunity to come to events inspired by books, reading and words.

“But we also want DMU to play a leading role this year and would like as many staff and students as possible to come forward with their event ideas to get everybody reading on the campus.”

The festival started in 2010 and has hosted world-famous authors like Michael Rosen, Helen Skelton and Michael Morpurgo at events. Local writers and performers like poet Jess Green, writers Bali Rai and Rod Duncan, and all-round wordsmith Carole Leeming have also made appearances.

In the last five years, more than 24,500 people have attended 580 events.

Those wishing to stage events for the Everybody’s Reading 2019 festival and apply for the £200 sponsorship should fill in this form and return it to by Wednesday 19 June.

For further details, please go to the Everybody’s Reading website.

Posted on Tuesday 11th June 2019

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