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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Golf: Hero Challenge at Canary Wharf – 9th October 2018

After the excitement of the Ryder Cup, Londoners and visitors can see some of world’s leading golfers tee up for an innovative one-hole shootout in Canary Wharf. Some of the world’s leading players including Justin Rose will tee it up for this one-hole shootout, where they will hit the ball from a floating tee into a specially constructed floating green in South Dock amongst the skyscrapers in one of London’s main financial districts.

The exciting one-hole shootout called the Hero Challenge will act as the prelude to the Sky Sports British Masters, which takes place at Walton Heath Golf Club and will be hosted by World Number Two Justin Rose.

Joining Rose in Canary Wharf will be fellow Ryder Cup star Thorbjørn Olesen, the winning European Captain Thomas Bjørn, English duo Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston and Matt Wallace, as well as Irishman Paul Dunne – the defending Sky Sports British Masters Champion.

This is a fun and atmospheric opportunity to see some of the world’s top golf pros in action, the first 2018 edition of the Hero Challenge took place at Edinburgh Castle in July and was won by American Matt Kuchar.

For those looking for more golf action, the Sky Sports British Masters takes place between the 11th – 14th October 2018 at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey. Walton Heath Golf Club which is an hour away from Central London was founded in 1903 and has two top class 18-hole golf courses.

Hero Challenge takes place at Canary Wharf (South Dock) on Tuesday October 9 – 6:30pm (live show begins), 5:00pm gates open

For  free tickets, visit the Eventbrite website here

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Review : The Cake and Bake Show at ExCel London – 5th to 7th October 2018

One of the UK’s biggest baking events returns to ExCeL on the 5th-7th October and the bright sunshine bought out the large crowds who made their way to the show in anticipation of enjoying all things baking, decorating and sugar craft related. The popularity of Bake Off and other related television programmes has seen a major growth of interest in these types of shows which provide a dazzlingly array of cakes and other foodie delights.

Always popular are the expert demonstrations and talks that take place in a number of locations throughout the show. Some of the biggest names will appear at the show including Eric Lanlard, Rosemary Shrager, John Whaite, Candice Brown, Paul Jagger, Jane Asher, Andrew Thwaite, Molly Robbins, Jayne Cross, Louise Dawson and Rosie Cake Diva.

The Baking Theatre is where a full programme of stars from the baking world will take to the stage daily in a series of  demos.

The Decorating Stage will help you learn the decorating tricks of the trade, brush up on your sugarcrafting skills and perfect your piping in these masterclasses. In the Sugarcraft Zone, there will be top sugarcraft exhibitors, and throughout the day there is demonstrations from Sugarcraft experts teaching about piping knowledge and new advanced fondant techniques.

Le Cordon Bleu have an array of activities at this year’s Cake & Bake Show. The institute pastry chefs will teach you key techniques,  Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs host a series of free demonstrations at their stand and on the Baking Theatre showing step by step techniques that are taught in their Pâtisserie and Boulangerie Diplomas. Le Cordon Bleu Chefs and top professionals in the industry also offer a Slice of Advice feature to answer your questions.

The show allows you see some of the stunning cakes produced by professionals and amateurs. Some of the country’s best cake designers and experts showcase their craft, Rosie Dummer provides the main feature by creating a large cake of London’s Big Ben which is at the show’s entrance and there other masterpieces on the Birthday and Wedding Cakes display tables.

The Cake & Bake Show Official Competition allows amateurs to show their skills, this years theme is ‘Around the World in 80 Cakes’. There is a wide range of  cakes of  historical landmarks and celebrating many cities, countries and cultures.

If you are feeling a little peckish, walk around the large number of Market Stands to sample a tasty and mouth-watering array of freshly baked produce from the country’s leading artisan bakers and cake makers. The stalls also offer those hard to get accessories and give some insights into some of the latest baking trends from cake experts and master bakers alike.

The Cake & Bake Show offers a family day out where children have their own Kid’s Zone with lots of fun activities for little bakers including icing and decorating sweet treats.

If you would like to pamper yourself, enjoy a drink at the Champagne Bar and have your nails done at the Cake & Bake Nail Bar.

The Cake & Bake Show provides plenty of interest with lots of demonstrations and events for those who want to gain or refine their baking skills. It would also appeal to those who want to sample some of stunning products on offer. If you need to find that certain piece of equipment, a vast range of products and accessories are available to buy from the extensive shopping area. The popularity of the show provides plenty of evidence that the ‘baking boom’ is still going strong and appeals to a wide range of people.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

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Review : RHS Harvest Festival Show at RHS Lindley Hall – 2nd to 3rd October 2018

The RHS are celebrating the arrival of autumn with the RHS Harvest Festival Show 2018. The show in RHS Lindley Hall is free to attend and showcases a host of seasonal talks, displays and plenty of competitions.

Walking into the show, visitors are faced with enormous pumpkins that have taken part in the biggest pumpkin competition. The winner has its winning rosette proudly on top.

The tables are fully laden with fruit and vegetables which are part of the RHS Autumn Fruit and Vegetable Competition. If you would like advice on growing fruit and vegetables, there is specialist advice from the RHS Fruit Group and National Vegetable Society.

The show is for all the family and there are displays from local schools that have been involved with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Pennard Plants has interpreted the famous artwork ‘Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit’ by Sir Nathanial Bacon as an interactive living artwork. During the show, artist Nneka Uzoigwe will paint a still life inspired by the installation from Pennard Plants and will be on hand to guide visitors through her own work.

Visitors can have their pictures taken in the artwork and vote for your favourite carved pumpkin.

The talks at the London shows are always popular and over the next two days, you can find out about Giant Pumpkin Growing Matt Oliver from RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chillies for all Tastes by Joy Michaud from Sea Spring Seeds and Getting the best from your orchard Jack McCrickard, from The Orchard Project.

The show has a number of stalls where you can buy seeds, fruit and vegetables. The RHS Wisley Team have a display of different varieties of apples to taste and buy.

Although the RHS are reorganising their London shows, they always provide lots of ideas and entertainment if you are interested in all things horticultural. This free show is a perfect introduction to the delights of the RHS shows with plenty to enjoy for all ages.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Review: Tania Bruguera at Tate Modern – 2 October 2018 to 24 February 2019

The Tate Modern presents a series of interventions into the Turbine Hall and the institution around it, devised by Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera. In response to the crisis in migration, Bruguera has decided to focus on community action.

Bruguera invites visitors to take part in actions within the Turbine Hall, from revealing a portrait of a person’s face hidden beneath a heat-sensitive floor, to crying under the influence of an organic compound.

She has also worked with Tate Modern’s neighbours to create direct action: institutional changes that include renaming part of the museum itself. Tate Modern’s north building, the Boiler House, has been renamed in honour of local activist Natalie Bell, chosen for her positive contribution to the lives of others in SE1. The renaming, which will be in effect for one year, recognises the value of community work for society.

When visitors enter the Turbine Hall, they are faced with a painted black floor and a low-frequency sound, made in collaboration with sound artist and founder of Hyperdub records Steve Goodman (known as Kode9), charges the space with an unsettling energy and a sense that something is changing.

To take the idea of community action further, Bruguera has brought together a group of 21 people who live or work in the same postcode as Tate Modern to explore how the museum can learn from and adapt to its local community beyond the duration of the commission.

Since Tate Modern opened in 2000, the Turbine Hall has hosted a number of  large works of contemporary art, reaching an audience of millions each year. Every year, artists interpret the vast industrial space to produce work that challenge public perceptions of contemporary art.

For more information, visit the Tate Modern website here

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Annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge – 30th September 2018

It is fair to say that visitors to London visit and enjoy many of its attractions, however one of the joys of the capital is that you come across weird and wonderful events all throughout the year.

One of the stranger events is the Annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge organised by The Worshipful Company of Woolmen. This illustrious Livery Company was in the past responsible for overseeing wool merchants and ensuring industry standards. Today the company aims promote the wool industry and interest in wool, wool products, sheep farming, shearing, wool production and textiles and design.

In more recent times, The Worshipful Company of Woolmen have organised the Annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge which allows Freemen of the City of London to undertake one of the major perks of their position and practice their ancient right to drive sheep over London Bridge. The drive is undertaken for a number of charitable causes and usually is open by a well known celebrity, this year it was one of Britain’s favourite presenters, Alan Titchmarsh.

Although it is considered a fun event, driving sheep over London Bridge by Freemen of the City is a tradition that goes back more than 800 years. It is also a reminder of the importance in the past of London Bridge which was for centuries, the city’s only river crossing and trading route.

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Exhibition Review: Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery – 1st October 2018 to 27th January 2019

The National Gallery present a new exhibition that tells the story of two artists, Mantegna and Bellini and explores some of their relationship and artistic development. The exhibition entitled Mantegna and Bellini is the first ever devoted to the relationship between two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance: Giovanni Bellini (active about 1459–1516) and Andrea Mantegna (1430/1–1506).

The exhibition includes exceptionally rare loans of paintings, drawings, and sculpture from around the world which provides  a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compare the work of these two important artists who were also connected by family.

Andrea Mantegna was a talented young painter from Padua, when in 1453  he married into one of the greatest artistic families of nearby Venice – the Bellini. Mantegna’s new brother-in-law, Giovanni Bellini, was a gifted artist who was bringing new innovations to the Venetian art.

Room One of the exhibition is called ‘Beginnings’ and provides some of the cultural context of the two cities that shaped Mantegna and Bellini – Padua and Venice.  One of the highlights in this section is ‘The Jacopo Bellini album’ on loan from the British Museum. Working in Bellini family workshop allowed the two artists to experiment and develop their own particular styles, a number of drawings illustrate the artists development.

‘Explorations’ in the following room examines the years of their closest creative exchange which was around the time of the marriage Mantegna’s marriage. In this room it is possible to compare and contrast their approaches with near identical compositions: Mantegna’s ‘The Descent into Limbo’  and Bellini’s ‘The Descent into Limbo’ (1475–80), Mantegna’s ‘The Crucifixion’ (1456–9) and Bellini’s ‘The Crucifixion’ (about 1465).

Room Three is entitled ‘Pietà’ and focuses on the origins and development of a distinctive new type of image – the Dead Christ supported by Angels. The works here will include sculptural relief, Donatello’s The Dead Christ Tended by Angels, Bellini’s The Lamentation over the Dead Christ with Saints Mark and Nicolas of Bari (1457-59) and Pieta (1457).

‘Landscape’ (Room Four) explores Bellini’s remarkable  landscapes, using natural light, and atmosphere to create emotion especially in religious works (such as in Bellini’s ‘St Jerome reading in a Landscape’, about 1480-5). A number of pairings in this section reveals the different approaches to landscape between the two artists and Bellini’s influence on Mantegna with his accurate view of Mantua in his ‘Death of the Virgin’, (1460-4) .

‘Devotional Paintings and Portraits’ (Room Five) provides an important  insight into a particular contribution to Italian Renaissance art, – the development of the ‘sacra conversazione’ in which the seated Virgin and Child appear in the company of saints (‘in conversation’). Here Mantegna’s ‘Madonna and Child’ (about 1465) will be seen side by side with Bellini’s ‘The Virgin and Child’ (about 1475).

The final room of ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ (called ‘Antiquity’) features some of the largest and most spectacular loans, with Mantegna’s ‘Triumphs of Caesar’ (The Bearers of Standards and ‘Siege Equipment’, ‘The Vase-Bearers’, and ‘The Elephants’, c.1484–92) , lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.

Contrasted with these are works by Bellini, including ‘The Continence of Publius Cornelius Scipio’ (about 1506) and one of his final paintings, ‘The Drunkenness of Noah’ (about 1515).

This fascinating exhibition provides plenty of insight into the artistic development of Mantegna and Bellini in the 15th century and how their creative dialogue would have a profound effect on later artists in the Italian Renaissance. Although Mantegna pursued his own artistic path and moved to Mantua and Bellini spent his entire career in Republican Venice. Both artists provided important ingredients like landscape and passion for the ancient world which would be themes that would be taken up and used by the ‘greats’ of Renaissance art like Titian, Correggio and Veronese.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information and tickets, visit the National Gallery website here

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