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London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre – 18th to 28th October 2018

Held over eleven days across Southbank Centre’s 17-acre site, the festival features a packed programme of exclusive appearances, live readings, newly commissioned performances, talks, debates, poetry, visual displays, workshops, award ceremonies, book launches, family events, music, free activity and more.

Playing host to a wealth of award-winning literary greats, iconic artists, emerging talent, international writers and leading thinkers, Southbank Centre’s twelfth London Literature Festival explores the world in which we live and celebrates the power of literature to reflect on the burning issues of our times.

 Featuring Akala, André Aciman, Yomi Adegoke, Ellah Allfrey, Becky Albertalli, Laura Bates, Mary Beard, Jay Bernard, Melvyn Bragg, Melvin Burgess, Sam Byers, Soraya Chemaly, Sarah Churchwell, Julian Clary and David Roberts, Roger Daltrey, Juno Dawson, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Aida Edemariam, Esi Edugyan, Olafur Eliasson, Sally Field, Mohsin Hamid, Melissa Harrison, Terrance Hayes, E. Lockhart, Madeline Miller, Robert Muchamore, David Olusoga, Chibundu Onuzo, Sue Perkins, Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Samanta Schweblin, Nikesh Shukla, Adam Silvera, Lemn Sissay, Sharlene Teo, Olga Tokarczuk, Elizabeth Uviebinené and more.

Highlights include                                              

Iconic artists and broadcasters reading from and discussing new books including Sally Field, Olafur Eliasson, Sue Perkins, Melvyn Bragg and the exclusive London launch of Roger Daltrey’s new memoir Thanks a lot, Mr Kibblewhite: My Life

A series of London exclusive in-conversation events with award-winning British and international writers including Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Mohsin Hamid, André Aciman, Olga Tokarczuk and more

A special one-off live reading of Homer’s The Odyssey commissioned by Southbank Centre in partnership with the TLS and performed by a stellar cast alongside a series of panel discussions co-curated with the TLS and King’s College London exploring this epic poem featuring Mary Beard, Madeline Miller, Sharlene Teo, Simon Goldhill and more

The world premiere performance of Chibundu Onuzo’s 1991, a new commission from Southbank Centre

A series of discussions exploring contemporary America featuring writers and thinkers including Soraya Chemaly, Laura Bates, Terrance Hayes and Sarah Churchwell.

A series of events exploring race and society with writers and artists including rapper Akala and broadcaster David Olusoga in conversation together and Slay In Your Lane co-authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

Live poetry readings from both emerging and established talent including Jay Bernard, Sarah Howe, Richard Osman, Helen Mort, Imtiaz Dharker, Mark Pajak, Keith Hutson and Carol Ann Duffy who presents her last collection as Poet Laureate in an exclusive event

Inspired by The Odyssey, a series of discussions with novelists exploring the theme of homeland including Esi Edugyan, Aida Edemariam, Samanta Schweblin, Laia Jufresa, Guiseppe Caputo, Melissa Harrison and Sam Byers

Awards celebrating marginalised voices in publishing including the Creative Future Literary Awards presented by Lemn Sissay, a panel with the SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlist chaired by Ellah Allfrey and the Polari First Book Prize

YA Day featuring the best writers of Young Adult Fiction including Nikesh Shukla, Juno Dawson, Nikita Gill, Robert Muchamore, Melvin Burgess, Adam Silvera, Becky Albertalli and more

A broad range of family events and free activity coinciding with half term week including writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with their latest tale in The Bolds series. 

For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website here

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