Literature and Spoken Word: September – December 2012

Wednesday 5 September 2012 -

This autumn, Will Self explores Modernism in a new series, which we launch with a discussion of his new novel Umbrella.

We celebrate more new fiction at this year’s Man Booker Prize Readings, as well as new novels by Orhan Pamuk, Richard Ford and AM Holmes.

Our talks programme with world leaders continues as we welcome former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

Join us to get to grips with the Arab Revolution in a day of discussion, performance and exchange.

Past Events

5 Sep 2012

Homage to Sylvia Plath

Poetry Library

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Plath's death (she died in 1963) and her final annus mirabilis, 1962, contemporary women poets including Anne ...

10 Sep 2012

Poetry Library Book Club

Poetry Library

Join us in the Poetry Library to discuss the work of Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature.

11 Sep 2012

Mary Robinson

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Human rights campaigner and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson discusses her memoir 'Everybody Matters'.

13 Sep 2012

Will Self

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Will Self talks about his new novel 'Umbrella', in the first in a series of events curated by Will exploring the legacy and relevance of Modernism ...

18 Sep 2012–26 Oct 2012

Barnacles and Dames...

Poetry Library

Artist Mary Kuper celebrates 100 years of books in the Saison Poetry Library collection with an exhibition of images, poems and etymologies sugges ...

19 Sep 2012

Southbank Centre Book Club

Sunley Pavilion

Tying in with our series on Modernism, we explore some of the classics of the high modern period, beginning with James Joyce's first novel, 'A Por ...

19 Sep 2012

Documenting China

Level 5 Function Room

This talk considers the way visual artists document contemporary China through conceptual and performance art and asks film-makers to discuss thei ...

20 Sep 2012

David Kynaston

Level 5 Function Room

Social historian David Kynaston discusses post-war social change, the economy and the public perception of modernity with Will Self, as part of ou ...