Clothes Swap, Upcycling and Recycling Day

Saturday, 15 April 2017
LCiL, West End Neighbourhood Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester LE3 5PA
11.00am – 3.00pm

The Real Junk Food Project Leicester is hosting a day of clothes swapping, recycling and mending, plus freshly prepared cafe food made from intercepted food waste.

People are invited to come along and bring old clothes to be swapped, mended or upcycled and enjoy food and drinks from our cafe.

TRJFP Leicester operates in liaison with local shops, supermarkets and other food outlets to save perfectly good food from otherwise heading to landfill. The cafe operates on a Pay As You Feel basis and comes to life thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers.

For more information, contact:

The Real Junk Food Project Leicester

Festival of Renewable Energy

Saturday, 6 May 2017
Outside Barclays on Humberstone Gate, Leicester
11.00am – 2.00pm

As part of the Global Divestment Mobilisation, we will be having another festival outside Barclays.

Barclays own 97% of Third Energy, the company that is trying to frack in beautiful Ryedale. We think that they should take their customers’ money out of dirty energy and invest it in clean energy instead so we will hold a Festival of Renewable Energy outside their door.

This festival is still being planned but here are our ideas so far:

  • eating cake (it wouldn’t be a festival without cake)
  • singing
  • making paper windmills with children passing by
  • constructing a wind turbine in the street
  • face-painting
  • juggling (does anyone know any jugglers?)

We invite you to come and contribute to this festival!

For more information, contact:

Leicester Friends of the Earth

New poetry anthology celebrates the city of Leicester

welcome-to-leicesterTaking inspiration from the city of Leicester, the poetry anthology, Welcome to Leicester brings together poems which celebrate the city.

Like a much-loved family member, Leicester’s faults are acknowledged but tempered with a huge deal of affection. The anthology explores the story of the city, as it is seen through the eyes of the people who know it best.

The anthology is published by Leicester-based Dahlia Publishing and was edited by Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa.

Ambrose Musiyiwa says:

Leicester is the site of one of the oldest known urban settlements in Britain and has made significant contributions to the development of the English language. It was at the centre of movements such as those that led to the development of parliamentary democracy in Britain, votes for women and the abolishment of the Atlantic Slave Trade. It is also one of the most plural and diverse cities anywhere in the world. There is someone from everywhere who calls the city home. We wanted to capture some of those diverse stories in a poetry anthology to show there’s more to Leicester than a Premiership win and Richard III.

Emma Lee says:

National Poetry Day‘s theme this year was messages so we asked for poems that contained a message or story about Leicester city. We asked via mainstream and social media and 182 poems were submitted from Leicester and beyond. From these we chose 90 to go in the anthology.

Dahlia Publishing is a small press based in Leicester, founded in 2010 by Farhana Shaikh. Dahlia Publishing manages both The Asian Writer and Leicester Writes.

Farhana Shaikh says:

Our diversity policy is at the heart of everything we do: we’re passionate about publishing regional and diverse writing and have signed up the Equip Publishing Equalities Charter.Welcome to Leicester is a sister anthology to Lost and Found: Stories from Home, an anthology featuring short stories from Leicestershire writers.

Welcome to Leicester will be launched at the African Caribbean Centre, Maidstone Road, Leicester LE1 0ND from 7pm on Friday 7 October 2016 during the Everybody’s Reading Festival.

Entry is free.

The launch will feature readings from the poets involved. Each poem in the anthology contains a story or message about the city of Leicester.