Tell me something I don’t know
Feeling curious? Journey into the unexpected this autumn.
Stories are vessels which take us into the uncharted waters of other lives and minds and worlds, changing us along the way. We come to literature so it can tell us something we don't already know.
This year's London Literature Festival embraces the spirit of adventure and welcomes you to explore the world through words. There’s everything from dramatic mass readings and playful debates to literary cocktail hours, one-off commissions and a Young Adult literature mini festival. See all events on sale now.
Festival highlights include the world premiere of a collaborative book by PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy, an immersive, multimedia journey through Terry Gilliam’s imagination, and a spectacular four-day performed reading of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. We also welcome comedians Tim Key, Mark Watson and Sara Pascoe in Comedy Couplets for literature-inspired stand-up and offer up a night of verbal combat at Literary Death Match.
The festival also features an evening with Ali Smith and rising star Thomas Morris, explorations of Saul Bellow’s lasting legacy and the poetry of Angela Carter, a specially commissioned new poem by Kei Miller and Sir Tom Jones introducing his first autobiography.
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 that this year’s London Literature Festival is bookended by three prestigious literary prizes – the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2015 opened the festival and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015 Shortlist and the 2015 Man Booker Prize Readings conclude it. We are also celebrating National Poetry Day Live with a day of free events for the ninth year in a row.