How the printed word changes the world
This autumn we celebrate the power of words to change the world for the better. Concentrating on the themes of freedom, justice and democracy, we celebrate the optimism of the human spirit and the ability of the arts to celebrate and transform lives.
At the centre of this year’s London Literature Festival is a tribute to writer Maya Angelou who died in May. She believed: ‘What you're supposed to do when you don't like something is change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.’ The passionate belief that the arts have the power to transform lives, and should be available to all, lies at the heart of everything we do. So come and join us as we welcome some of the world’s finest writers and performers: Hilary Mantel, Stephen Fry, Alice Oswald, Kate Tempest, John Cooper Clarke, Colm Tóibín and Elif Shafak.
We celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of William Burroughs with an extravaganza that includes a specially commissioned cantata from Gavin Bryars and contemplate what a life without the power of the printed word might be like in a rehearsed reading of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451.
We’ve also commissioned a new poem by Alice Oswald, Freedom Play by Craig Taylor and we welcome Paines Plough Theatre Company’s production of one hundred short plays from all over the United Kingdom: Come to Where I’m From. This, like many of our other events all over the site, is completely free.
2014 Man Booker Prize Readings
Listen to readings from this years shortlisted books
Royal Festival Hall
Readings and conversations about the shortlisted books for The Man Booker Prize.Literature
The Clore Ballroom
The greatest poetry and prose travels from the page to your ear.Literature
Le Grand Meaulnes Translation Duel
Rival translators discuss Alain-Fourneir's Le Grand Meaulnes.Literature
A preview of a sweeping and magical new novel from Elif Shafak.Literature
Explore Everything: Bradley Garrett
The author of Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City talks to Anna Minton.Literature
Danny Dorling - Inequality and the 1%
Danny Dorling talks about rising inequality in the UK.Literature
Africa39 - Book Launch
The most promising voices from Africa South of the Sahara
The Africa39 anthology showcases the most promising voices from Africa south of the SaharaLiterature
Do It Yourself Zine Day
The Clore Ballroom
What matters to you? What would you like to change? What inspires you?In celebration of International Day of the Girl and London Literature Festiv ...Literature