The festival is free and will involve several days of creative writing, screenings, readings and many more immersive experiences for all ages. The festival is open to the Loughborough community with events taking place on campus and in Loughborough town centre.
Each year students on the master’s course ‘Creative Writing and the Writing Industries’ undertake a project-based module called ‘Writing in the Community’. During this module, students collectively plan, curate, promote, and hold a literary festival funded and supported by LU Arts.
Outside the Lines festival aims to celebrate eccentricity and non-conformity in a climate that opts to push diversity to the sidelines.
The schedule of events taking place is as follows:
- Poetry, Short Film and Queerness: In conversation with Lee Campbell
- Multimedia screening of short films
- Making Your Weird Dreams Come True: An interview with Emily Goss
- Speak Your Mind: Open mic literary night
- Freya Hattenberger - Virtual performance
- Game on: A virtual interview with Sue Antiss
- LGBTQ+ Literature Panel
- The Midwife’s Truth: Book launch with Sara Read
- Amy Tollyfield - Poetry performance and Q&A
- Dark Minds, Light Horizons: Mental health and healing in poetry and reflective writing
- Reading with Children’s Author Judy Brulo
- Baking with Rahul Mandal: A candid talk on food writing
- Interview with Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize Winner, Nadia Mikail
- Solar, Sci-fi and Self-Publishing: An interview with Matthew Putland
- Music and Lyrics: Songwriting panel with Kerrykeir and Kerry Featherstone