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Outside the Lines is a student-led literary festival celebrating diversity that is organized by MA students at Loughborough University. This festival is free and has events for all ages. Join us for several days of creative writing, screenings, readings, and many more immersive experiences!

Outside the Lines hopes to embrace diversity within our Loughborough community. We aim to celebrate eccentricity and non-conformity in a climate that opts to push diversity to the sidelines. Being the second annual literary festival of its kind at Loughborough, the event aims to bring awareness to those of us living just beyond the margins through the pursuit of creative writing.

Some of our exciting events involve working in schools to educate children on the importance of creativity, celebrating unique voices in our diverse community and creating a safe and nurturing space to discuss, embrace and encourage all forms of literature.

Monday 29th May – Saturday 3rd June

Welcome to our Events page. Here you can get access to all of the updates and information on events happening as part of our Literary Festival.

A range of dynamic and immersive events will be taking place throughout the week but make sure to keep your diaries free for Saturday 3rd of June which is the big festival day!

Event information can also be found on our Eventbrite page – Click here to take you to our Eventbrite page.

Monday 29th May

Literature Pub Quiz

Join us for a fun and interactive Pub Quiz with a range of literature questions

The Phantom

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

TUesday 30th may

Poetry, Short Film, and Queerness in Conversation with Lee Campbell

Poet and poetry filmmaker, Lee Campbell will present a poetry film and sit down for a Q&A.

Martin Hall, Room 117 – Loughborough University Campus

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Multimedia Screening of short films

This event will consist of submissions on FilmFreeway that will be screened for audiences.

To submit an entry, please fill out our online form.

Submit on FilmFreeway

LDS Building (Room 017) – Loughborough University Campus

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Making Your Weird Dreams Come True: An Interview with Emily Goss

Join us for a virtual interview with writer and CIAD activist, Emily Goss.

Online Event

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Speak Your Mind – Open Mic Literary Night

Join us for a night of amazing poetry, tantalizing stories and drinks.

Step into a world where words break free from convention, as talented performers share their extraordinary stories and poetry on stage.

To perform at this event please fill out our online form.

Sign up to perform

LSU Lounge – Loughborough Students Union

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday 31st may

Writing For Weirdos – A Weird Writing Workshop

In this workshop, Contemporary Literature MA students will be discussing weird literature and helping attendees write their own weird pieces.

Martin Hall – Loughborough University Campus

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Immersive Storytelling Panel

This immersive panel on storytelling will explore and compare many different forms of storytelling, such as novels, movies, theatres, and tabletop and video games, to highlight that stories play vital roles in many parts of life, not just in literature.

Matthew Arnold (Room 106) – Loughborough University Campus

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tabletop role-playing game session

This fun and interactive event will focus on storytelling in the fantasy tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

Ever wanted to immerse yourself into a story and become someone new? Following the ‘Storytelling Beyond the Book’ panel, this event will offer an experience of storytelling in different tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, and Call of Cthulhu.

Matthew Arnold (Room 106) – Loughborough University Campus

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday 1st June

Freya Hattenberger – Virtual Performance

Join us online for a performative lecture from media artist, Freya Hattenberger.

Online Webinar

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Game On: A Virtual Interview with Sue Anstiss

Sports activist and writer, Sue Anstiss will be interviewed by our very own MA students on her book Game on: The Unstoppable Rise of Women’s Sport.

This will be followed by a Q&A, on Anstiss’ impact on female sport and an insight into the future of sport being female.

Learn how you can drive change within sport and in turn, society.

Online Event

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

LGBTQ+ Literature Panel with Amy Tollyfield & Edmund Hardy

Join us for a discussion of LGBTQ+ representation in literature and media, featuring poet Amy Tollyfield, filmmaker Edmund Hardy and MA student, Xaver Boxhammer.

Martin Hall – Loughborough University Campus

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday 2nd June

The Midwife’s Truth Book Launch with Sara Read

At this event, Sara Read will introduce her new book, The Midwife’s Truth. Our MA students will be interviewing Sara on this recent publication and everyone is welcome to join.

Martin Hall – Loughborough University Campus

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Amy Tollyfield – Poetry Performance and Q&A

Join us as our guest Amy Tollyfield performs some of her wonderful poetry followed by an interview and Q&A session.

Martin Hall – Loughborough University Campus

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Dark Minds, Light Horizons – Mental Health and Healing in Poetry and Reflective Writing

Join us for this event where there will be an open discussion on poems and pieces of reflective writing addressing the topics of mental health and healing.

This is a great opportunity for those interested in poetry and reflective writing!

The Jam Garden

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Saturday 3rd june

Reading with Children’s Author Judy Brulo

Children’s author Judy Brulo will be reading a book of her choice to a group of school children. Anyone is welcome to join us for this family-friendly event.

Martin Hall, Room 007 – Loughborough University Campus

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Baking with Rahul Mandal – Food Writing Event

Bake-Off Winner Rahul Mandal will be joining us to discuss one of his books and a Q&A session.

Martin Hall, Room 117 – Loughborough University Campus

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Cats We Meet Along the Way – Interview with Nadia Mikail

Nadia Mikail, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize will be interviewed on her new award-winning book, The Cats We Meet Along the Way.

Martin Hall, Room 117 – Loughborough University Campus

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Solar, Sci-fi, and Self-Publishing – Interview with Matthew Putland

Join us for an interview with science-fiction writer, Matthew Putland.

Martin Hall, Room 007 – Loughborough University Campus

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Kirsty Logan – Virtual Interview

This event will be an online interview with poet and weird fiction writer, Kirsty Logan.

Online Event

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Music and Lyrics – Songwriting panel with Keirykeir, Kerry Featherstone & Charles Davy

In this event, local artists Keirykeir and Kerry Featherstone will deliver live performances and discuss their writing processes.

The Paget Arms

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Click here to take you to our Eventbrite page.

This event is free and is open to all.