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Rhyme and ride with Arriva as Leicester gets literary!

14 November 17

Bus users could be in for more of a cultural experience while they travel this week, as Arriva gets on board with the Literary Leicester Festival (15th -18th November).

On Wednesday 15th November, Leicester-based poet and performer, Lydia Towsey, will be hopping on and off local bus services to entertain passengers and raise awareness of the University of Leicester’s 10th celebration of the literary arts.

From rewriting nursery rhymes such as 'The wheels on the bus', to telling tales of zombies, momzies, motherhood and governments, bus driver's daughter Lydia will be bringing her own kind of performance to routes across the city, starting from 12 noon onwards, as well as sharing footage of her travels on Twitter as @LiteraryLeic and at www.facebook.co.uk/literaryleicester .

Festival Director Professor Martin Stannard, from the University of Leicester’s School of Arts, said:  “Literary Leicester is bigger and better this year than ever: an equally glamorous line-up of celebrity guests, a wider distribution of venues, and a terrific outreach and diversity programme. Lydia is magic. Don’t miss her.”

This year, Literary Leicester is not confined to campus but is spread across the city, with venues including Curve, Phoenix, the King Power Stadium, the National Space Centre, and Attenborough Arts Centre.

Simon Mathieson, business development manager for Arriva Midlands, added: “Literary Leicester is a fabulous event for the city, and firmly puts the spotlight on the talent and fabulous venues Leicester has to offer.

“We’re proud of the part we play in opening up better access to the city’s many cultural landmarks and events, so it felt only right that we get involved.”

For more details about the festival, please visit www2.le.ac.uk/institution/literary-leicester