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Royal Festival Hall
Meet the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist
Music and writing created in custodial settings
The Koestler Trust presents an evening of art created in custodial settings and by ex-offenders.
Stories and songs from the music icon
Sir Tom Jones introduces his first autobiography and performs songs from its accompanying soundtrack album.
Level 5 Function Room
Happiness can be a fleeting state, but what can we do to make it last?
Love in Apartheid South Africa
Feminist Naomi Wolf and biographer Elleke Boehmer discuss South African apartheid and forbidden love
Tastes of Africa in London
Meet the chefs behind the Groundnut pop-up supper club phenomenon, which has been setting Londoners' tastebuds tingling
Depression is a fact of life for many, but how can sufferers survive it?What are the biological factors that lie behind depression? And can writin ...
Things To Make and Do In the Fourth Dimension
The Clore Ballroom
Matt Parker is known as the Stand-up Mathematician.
with Helen Macdonald
St. Paul’s Pavilion
Discover the shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015
Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Muldoon reads from and discusses his poetry.
A novel about wolves, a memoir about sharks
Blue Room, Spirit Level
Evie Wyld was a girl obsessed with sharks, which surface in both her acclaimed novels
Meet Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry and Claire-Louise Bennett – a new wave of Irish authors.
Imagining the Future
The world is changing at a rapid rate, but what does the future hold for the next generation?
Prizewinning author Ali Smith introduces rising star Tom Morris.
New Basque and Spanish Fiction
Meet Spanish and Basque writers whose work tests the boundaries between life and fiction
Need some help with your writing?
An exhibition by Rick Myers
In 1832 the physicist Michael Faraday conducted an experiment using Waterloo Bridge.
Do you have a feisty feline in your life?
London Inside Out
Discover new writing about London as seen from the perspective of the outsider who is inside
Local Transport Presents
Cross-Cultural Stories of Love and Algorithms
Has access to hard data actually helped us to know more than before? What can't Big Data tell us? What does all of this information mean for the u ...
PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy
PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy’s The Hollow of the Hand receives its world premiere
How Writers Choose their Subjects
Leading nonfiction writers explore the dilemmas of telling another person’s storyNorwegian writer Åsne Seierstad's new book One of Us exp ...
Wanderlust and Walking
Join three leading nature writers as they reflect on the relationship between walking and writing
Friday Tonic with MasterCard
KARAMA is a band formed by Moroccan oud player and composer Soufian Saihi in 2011.
Friday Tonic with MasterCard
Hear free live jazz influenced by West Africa and the Middle East.
How Did You Get Here?
Leading London-based writers discuss crossing terrains - both physical and mental
Join us at the opening event of Rick Myers’ exhibition, Faraday’s Synaptic Gap.
Poets read new poems inspired by this year’s National Poetry Day theme: light
Louise Stern and Tristan Stephenson
Rock up to our literary cantina, grab a drink and enjoy 60 minutes of refreshing tales while sipping at some superlative sauce
See poetry in a different light at National Poetry Day Live 2015, presented by Southbank Centre and The Poetry Society.
Women and Silent Film
What is She Saying? presents poems inspired by early twentieth-century silent film.
Literary Tricks to Mapping Digital Adventures
How are game designers drawing on literature to create immersive worlds and compelling characters? Can a playable character have the personality o ...
Intelligence Squared and Southbank Centre present
Terry Gilliam is one of the most multifaceted, visionary talents alive
Over the last year, Ek Zuban Press have been running a groundbreaking poetry mentoring project.
Ann Morgan and Richard Godwin
Join Ann Morgan, Richard Godwin and host Georgina Godwin for delicious tipples and transporting tales.
Caryl Phillips and Robert Antoni
Two leading writers discuss their search for the stories of young outcasts, haunted by history.
Southbank Centre Special Edition
Four authors, three judges, two finalists and one epic finale.
Andrew Miller and Colum McCann
Novelists Andrew Miller and Colum McCann talk about fiction, real life and significant moments.
Level 3 Function Room
First Look Book Club allows readers to try books before they're even published
Meet the novelists who are breathing new life into the form.
Patrick de Witt and Alice Lascelles
Join Patrick deWitt, Alice Lascelles and host Georgina Godwin for delicious tipples and transporting tales.
Les Murray reads from a variety of his poetry including his most recent collection.
This workshop celebrates children’s talents as translators – even when translating languages they don’t understand.
Tim Key, Mark Watson and Sara Pascoe
Meet the comedians who are pushing the boundaries of stand-up by bringing poetic flair to their punchlines
How Modern Warfare Entered the Home
How are today’s novelists writing about modern warfare, which can erupt anywhere?
First Book Prize
The Polari First Book Prize is awarded to a work which explores LGBT experience.
Poet Rosemary Tonks turned her back on the literary world in the 1970s.
A Conversation about Working Lives
The average person works 100,000 hours in their lifetime, but what does it all add up to?
Jenny Erpenbeck in conversation with Maureen Freely
In May, German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
Graphic novelists Stephen Collins and Isabel Greenberg discuss how they create alternate worlds
Until now, few people knew that Angela Carter wrote poetry
Tracking Down Talents in Translation
Meet publishers committed to bringing us stories from beyond the Anglophone bubble.
Narrating Ourselves Online
These days we all have online identities, whether we like it or not
Post-War American Fiction
Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow introduced a fresh voice to post-war fiction
A New Piece by Kei Miller
Hear Kei Miller’s elegy to cacophonous island life, from crowing cockerels to Kingston’s roaring traffic.
Talks, workshops and performances
For a second year running, Southbank Centre hosts the Young Adult Literature Weekender
How Science Borrows from Poetry
Science has unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos, but what does it owe to literature?
A poetic, musical and visual exploration of the long and eventful life of the Sun.
Bathe your ears in music inspired by the sea from the Trad Academy Sea Shanty Choir.
Friday Lunch with MasterCard
Student pianists from the Royal College of Music perform pieces inspired by water.
Join us to read together from the work of intriguing 20th-century poet Edward Thomas
Take to the literary spotlight and impress our panel of judges.
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.
The poetry event of the year
See the nation's most talked-about poetry prizes awarded live on stage
Delivering a story to a live audience isn’t simply about reading words from a page