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Bake Off winner headlines second Coalville Writes festival

Published: Wed 1 May, 2019

Coalville Writes, a festival of stories, books and writing is returning for its second year with a host of new events and exciting new line-up that includes Great British Bake Off star Frances Quinn.

The winner of the 2013 series of the Great British Bake Off will talk about ‘Life After Bake Off’ at Coalville Library on Wednesday 8 May as part of Coalville Writes.

The festival, organised by Coalville’s Mantle Arts, debuted in 2018 and attracted visitors from across the region who enjoyed workshops, performances and films around the town.Frances Quinn. PNG

Running from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 May Coalville Writes will see a number of literary guests in town with crime novelists Edward Marston and Judith Cutler among those joining Frances Quinn.

On Monday 6 May, the Belvoir Shopping Centre will host a Story Day featuring street performers, storytellers, bookstalls and street poet Dave Wood, writing on-the-spot poems for passers-by.

Other highlights include:

  • The Boy Who Wanted To Fly – a children’s theatre show at the Century Theatre
  • Bring Dreams To The Page – writing workshop with Adriana Polito at the Hermitage Park Hotel
  • Author Talk from Laura Wilkinson at Coalville Library
  • Another Walk in the Woods – walk and writing workshop at Nature Alive, Coalville.

Coalville Writes is organised is by Mantle Arts and sponsored by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) and the Arts Council.

There are lots of free events and activities to enjoy through the week as well as paid talks and workshops. To see a full programme of events visit

Matthew Pegg, Director of Mantle Arts, said: “We’ve tried to programme something for every interest, so the festival has a mix of well-known authors, local writers, performances and storytelling. There are some fantastic events and I hope people enjoy it.”

Paul Sanders, Head of Community Services at NWLDC, said: “People in Coalville want to see more events in the town and we’re delighted to continue to support Mantle Arts for the second year running.

“There is a great mix of entertainment and events for adults and children throughout the week – take a look at the online programme and get involved!”

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