Credit: Ambrose Musiyiwa, taken from States 2019

States of Independence is an annual one-day festival to celebrate indie publishing. Now in its 13th year, States 22 will be hosted online by the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing at DMU and our industry partner, Dahlia Books. As ever, our ‘Book Festival In a Day’ on Sat. 26th March 2022 will be open to the public and FREE to all.

Join us for an hour or the whole day. Attend lots of events – you will be spoiled for choice – or just one, or simply come along and browse the stalls to see what the independent sector has to offer.

Programme highlights include:

  • an opening keynote speech by Alison Moore
  • a book fair featuring more than 20 indie presses
  • panel discussions on the state of indie publishing, poetry in translation, and finding your voice
  • talks on folklore and old wives’ tales, zine culture, and teen mental health
  • book launches from Demon Crew, Space Cat Press, and Dahlia Books
  • writing workshops – live and online
  • Republic of Consciousness Prize Shortlist announcement

You can view the full programme here: Festival Programme

Book your FREE festival ticket via Eventbrite here.

Participating indie presses include Dahlia Books, Five Leaves Books, Bearded Badger Books, Inspired Quill, Louise Walters Books, Longbarrow Press and many others.

Festival Bookings:

Festival Book Hub

Small Press Hall

Nook & Cranny Books

Poets’ Corridor

Authors’ Alcove

Stationery Cupboard

DEMON Students’ Den