Tell me something I don’t know
Talks, readings, comedy, poetry, films, music and free events for the incurably curious this autumn.
London Literature Festival 2015 is a laboratory of science, technology and art, fused together by the written and spoken word. There’s everything from dramatic mass readings and playful debates to literary cocktail hours, one-off commissions and a Young Adult Literature Weekender mini-fest. See all events on sale now.
Festival highlights include the world premiere of a collaborative book by PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy, Terry Gilliam and a special guest discussing his life, career, art and creativity, and a spectacular four-day performed reading of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick that you can get involved in too. We also welcome comedians Tim Key and Mark Watson in Comedy Couplets (on sale Tue 4 Aug) for some verbal fireworks and Literary Death Match.
Feeling curious? Ask how game designers draw on literature in Exit, pursued by a Zombie, probe into why we’re fascinated by sharks and wolves, in Apex Predators and explore the science and stories behind depression and the secrets to staying happy in Matt Haig’s two part talk series.
We are proud to have two prestigious literary prizes bookend our festival – The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2015 and the 2015 Man Booker Prize Readings – and to celebrate National Poetry Day Live with a day of free events for the ninth year in a row.
London Literature Festival 2015 also features: Ali Smith, Naomi Alderman, Carlo Rovelli, Kei Miller, Chibundu Onuzo, Paul Muldoon, A L Kennedy and Misha Glenny.
More events at London Literature Festival go on sale on Tuesday 3 August.
StorySLAM:Live Performance Skills with ...
Delivering a story to a live audience isn’t simply about reading words from a page.Literature
The Forward Prizes for Poetry 2015
Royal Festival Hall
See the nation's most talked-about poetry prizes awarded live on stageLiterature
The Special Relationship and Southbank Centre Present
Join the Greatest Chase in Literature
Over four days, hear the unabridged Moby-Dick by Herman Melville being read aloud.Literature
Blue Room, Spirit Level
Take to the literary spotlight and impress our panel of judges.Literature
Shared Reading: Edward Thomas
Read from the work of intriguing 20th-century poet Edward Thomas along with others.Literature
Friday Lunch with MasterCard
Royal College of Music
Student pianists from the Royal College of Music perform pieces inspired by water.Classical Music
Blue Room, Spirit Level
A poetic, musical and visual exploration of the long and eventful life of the Sun.Literature
The Heart of the Matter
How Science Borrows from Poetry
Science has unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos, but what does it owe to literature?From ancient times to the present, how have scientists borrow ...Literature
Young Adult Literature Weekender
Talks, workshops and performances
For a second year running, Southbank Centre hosts the Young Adult Literature Weekender.Literature
A New Piece by Kei Miller
St. Paul’s Pavilion
Hear Kei Miller’s elegy to cacophonous island life, from crowing cockerels to Kingston’s roaring traffic.Literature