Monday, October 1, 2018

Superheroes of Leicester

River Monster of Leicester
Superheroes of Leicester encourages people to imagine Leicester as home to a cast of superheroes.

Cities around the world that are similarly home to superheroes include Lagos, which is home to crimefighter, Abolaji Coker; Tokyo, Japan, which is home to the Super Young Team and Big Science Action; and, Boston, Massachusetts, which is the former home base of Wonder Woman, and the occasional residence of Aquaman and his wife Mera. (Massachusetts is also interesting because there's a place called Leicester in Massachusetts as well.)

Leicester, England where the Superheroes of Leicester will be from currently has two known monsters: the Dragon of Habitat Loss, which we first heard about at the St George's Festival Fringe that was held in the city in April 2018, and the River Monster which was discovered in the city in August 2018.

Superheroes of Leicester, the project will facilitate or bring out a graphic novel or comic book or series of such books imagining Leicester as a City of Superheroes.

If the project leads to books, the first books in the series could be published in 2019/20 by CivicLeicester, who have just given us Leicester 2084 AD: New poems about the city, a poetry anthology that encourages people to imagine what the city will be like in the year 2084, how it will get there and what it will mean to its citizens, residents and the rest of the world.

Expressions of interest in Superheroes of Leicester can be emailed to


i. Spotted on 25 August 2018, in Abbey Park, the River Monster is made from plastic waste dumped in the River Soar.
ii. For ideas on how to protect the environment, like and follow Leicester Friends of the Earth and the Canal & River Trust.
iii. See also: Red Leicester Choir's "Pointless Packaging".

Friday, March 16, 2018

Leicester 2084 AD: Poetry & Microfiction - a Call for Submissions

Leicester 2084 AD: New Poems about The City is now available

An introduction to the anthology can be read on the Creative Writing at Leicester blog. 

Could you write a poem or short fiction that shares an experience or aspect on or of future Leicester?

Your poem or short fiction could be about life, personalities or relationships with, within or around the city, its people, features, landmarks, peculiarities, history, or future.

What will Leicester be like in the year 2084? How will it get there? Where will it go or where did it go along the way?

There is a legend, at most points into the city, that says,
Welcome to
Historic City.

Will this legend still be there in the year 2084 or will it have been replaced by another one?

What greeting will people get when they come to future Leicester? What will they be coming to? What or where will they be coming from?

What meaning will Leicester have in the year 2084? What will Leicester mean to its citizens, residents and to others? What will Leicester's relationship be like with or within itself or with the rest of the world?

Submission Guidelines

● Poems should be 40 lines or less, and short fiction, 100 words or less.
● The poems and short fiction should have a strong, recognisable link to Leicester.
● Submissions must be in English. In the case of translated work, it is the translator’s responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder of the original work.
● If submitting a poem or short fiction which have been previously published please give details of where it has appeared and confirm that you own the copyright.
● Ideally submissions will be typed single spaced and submitted either in the body of an email or as a .doc attachment. Postal submissions will also be accepted.
● Please include a short biography of 50 words or less. This will be included in the anthology if your poem is accepted. If you do not send a biography, it will assumed you do not wish your biography to appear in the anthology.
● You may submit a maximum of three poems or three pieces of short fiction or a combination of poems and short fiction. You do not have to submit all three at the same time, but the editors can only consider a maximum of three submissions.
● Please send poems and short fiction to by 5.30pm on 1 August 2018.
● We welcome submissions from writers of all ages, based anywhere in the world.


This blog post was amended on 22 July 2018 to show that the deadline for submissions for Leicester 2084 AD has been extended from 12 midnight on 15 July 2018 to 5.30pm on 1 August 2018. The rest of the brief and submission guidelines remain the same.

The blog post was further amended on 1 October 2018 to include a statement saying Leicester 2084 AD: New poems about the city is now out, and that an introduction to the anthology is available on the Creative Writing at Leicester blog.