Phoenix screenwriting workshops to run this evening

By Matthew Chandler


As well as critical work, Jason Lee is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, poet, and novelist

The head of De Montfort University (DMU)’s Leicester Media School has encouraged students to take part in screenwriting workshops this evening (Wed, Apr 18).

Jason Lee, professor of culture and creative writing at DMU, will lead the free session at the Phoenix cinema, Leicester, with his colleague, Christopher Walker, as part of DMU’s Festival of Teaching.

A beginners’ workshop will run from 6.30-7.30pm, followed by refreshments and networking from 7.30-8pm, before an intermediary workshop from 8-9pm.

Professor Lee said: “We will be introducing people to the skills of screenwriting, how to generate ideas, working on structure and plot devices.

“There are about 30 people coming, which is great; we have had to move into a larger room because the group is larger than planned.”

Professor Lee plans to use the workshop to promote unique opportunities offered through various postgraduate Master of Arts (MA) courses.

Last September, DMU joined forces with Pinewood studios, home to such film franchises as James Bond and Star Wars, to offer a master’s degree focused on how films are made through getting investment, budgeting, projecting, and lots more.

Following its roaring success, two more exciting opportunities will launch soon.

He said: “We had to cap it [at 20 places] as we had too many students. This year, from September, students can opt to do MA scriptwriting, just writing, or the MA international film production.”

The new course is named ‘script development’ which, Professor Lee said, will give students more employment opportunities.

He explained: “If some students have skills in a certain area, we sometimes get approached by companies saying, ‘Can you do this?’”

“The students get paid- we sometimes take a commission- but it’s good, because students are not working for nothing.

In addition, two MA students will have their film ideas brought to life, with the rest of the group still key members of the crew.

Professor Lee was also keen to appeal to third year students with aspirations of writing or directing.

He added: “If anyone fancies being a writer or film director or anything like that, they can just email me because you can do an independent study or an MRes [Master of Research]. There are lots of opportunities.”

To book your place, ring the DMU Events Office on 0116 250 6524, or email the office at

For more information, email Jason Lee at


Vegan friendly dessert parlour introduces a foot tall ‘Freakshake’ to Leicester

By Simon Sansome


Had a stressful week? Need to relax and forget your worries? Have a sweet tooth? Well Willy Wonka himself would be jealous of the size of desserts on offer at this new place of pleasure.

The House of Desserts resturant in Allandale Road, Stoneygate, has introduced the first á la carte menu for vegan dessert lovers in Leicester and at the same time has launched a massive one-foot tall dessert.

It is called the Breakfast of Champions and is available until the end of April. It consists of Lucky Charms, homemade vanilla ice cream, chocolate covered waffle, doughnut and a Twinkie; it is a dessert that is turning heads.

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Yogi Bali, the co-owner of the dessert parlour, said: “We as a family love chocolate, love desserts, we are really big foodies and so we wanted to make the wildest desserts possible and have a fun family place with a bit of class and style to go along with lovely excellent homemade desserts, and I think we have achieved what we wanted to by creating House of Desserts.”

Set up by Yogi and his two brothers, the restaurant is a new way of treating yourself. It is a place to relax, you can play Scrabble, Connect 4 and other board games, that the whole family can enjoy. You can also order your desserts using an Amazon Fire tablet.

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If that was not good enough, you can also have the desserts delivered to your home by Just Eat, making it the first vegan friendly dessert parlor to offer home delivery in Leicester.

House of Desserts is open most days from 3pm and all the information can be found on their website at

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Jewellery galore at Innovation Centre craft fair


By Kerri Stevenson

De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre was filled with creative inspiration today as it hosted a craft fair for local merchants.


Roshni Desai sold her jewellery at the event

The event took place from 11am to 2pm and items sold included jewellery, ceramics and keyrings.

Roshni Desai, a 2nd year Contour Fashion student at the university, said: “I’m selling keyrings and jewellery based on Game of Thrones today, and 10% of the profits will go to Dementia UK.”

For more information about the event, visit the DMU website.