Previous Events

5 Jun 2013

The Digital Alternative

Poetry Library

Join us as we consider the digital alternative to poetry magazines in discussion with website editors from 'Ink, Sweat & Tears', 'Like Starlin ...

Literature
5 Jun 2013

Rain of Poems Readings

Weston Pavilion

Join us at the launch event of a poetry publication featuring poems that were dropped from the sky onto London last year, with readings by some of ...

Literature
4 Jun 2013

NoViolet Bulawayo

Sunley Pavilion

Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo's stories have won the Caine Prize for African Writing and been shortlisted for the SA PEN Studzinsi Award.

Literature
2 Jun 2013

Paul Theroux

Purcell Room

A final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.

Literature
2 Jun 2013

Richard Sennett: Together

Purcell Room

At the launch of our new Festival of Neighbourhood, Richard Sennett, University Professor at New York University, talks about the challenge of liv ...

Literature
1 Jun 2013

Gabriel Gbadamosi

Vauxhall

Sunley Pavilion

Playwright, poet and critic Gabriel Gbadamosi presents his debut novel Vauxhall, a tender and occasionally dark portrait of a child looking for hi ...

1 Jun 2013

Poems on the Underground

Level 5 Function Room

A specially assembled group of poets and musicians presents an afternoon of words and music about and inspired by London, to celebrate 150 years o ...

1 Jun 2013

Spitalfields Life

Level 3 Function Room

The Gentle Author, writer of more than 1000 stories posted online at spitalfieldslife.

1 Jun 2013

Point Blank Poets

London LIVE

Purcell Room

For this special London Literature Festival event, Point Blank Poets present poems and discussion about their own diverse heritage and relationshi ...

1 Jun 2013

Rebecca Solnit

Purcell Room

One of America's foremost public intellectuals, Rebecca Solnit discusses her new book 'The Faraway Nearby', an inspiring memoir about family, empa ...

1 Jun 2013

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Purcell Room

Nassim Nicholas Taleb invented the term 'Black Swan' to explain the existence of high-impact rare events that occur outside the realms of normal e ...

31 May 2013

The Beguilers

The Front Room at QEH

Tender, mellifluous singing and finely wrought harmonies inspired by the poems of Blake, Shakespeare, Joyce, Clare and others.

Literature
31 May 2013–8 Sep 2013

London Lines

New poems to make you question your relationship with the capital – whether you're a lifelong Londoner or one who's just here for the day.

Art
31 May 2013

William Dalrymple

Purcell Room

Award-winning writer and historian William Dalrymple presents an hour-long lecture based on his latest book, a definitive analysis of the First Af ...

Literature
30 May 2013

Barbara Kingsolver

Purcell Room

Barbara Kingsolver, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction for 'The Lacuna', discusses her latest novel 'Flight Behaviour', a captivating and topi ...

Literature
29 May 2013

George Saunders

Level 5 Function Room

George Saunders, commonly described as one of the world's best short-story writers, discusses his new collection 'The Tenth of December'.

Literature
29 May 2013

Tom Dixon: Dixonary

Purcell Room

In this illustrated talk, celebrated product designer Tom Dixon launches his new book, 'Dixonary', and talks about the inspiration behind a 30-yea ...

Art
28 May 2013

Polari

Level 5 Function Room

Polari returns for the London Literature Festival, showcasing a blend of established, new and upcoming literary talent

Literature
28 May 2013

Lionel Shriver

Purcell Room

Lionel Shriver, the Orange Prize-winning author of 'We Need to Talk About Kevin', returns to Southbank Centre to discuss her new novel 'Big Brother'.

Literature
27 May 2013

Nature & Awe

Level 5 Function Room

Nature stirs powerful emotions, creating awe-inspiring moments that can change our perspective and make us feel more alive.

Literature
27 May 2013

Audrey Niffenegger

Purcell Room

Audrey Niffenegger, bestselling author of 'The Time Traveller's Wife' and 'Her Fearful Symmetry', comes to Southbank Centre to discuss her life as ...

Art
26 May 2013

Sylvia Plath's Ariel

Royal Festival Hall

Sylvia Plath died 50 years ago leaving a black binder of poems that was to become her final, posthumously published collection, Ariel

Literature
26 May 2013

On Silence

Tim Parks

Level 5 Function Room

In a world increasingly dominated by chaos and noise, Tim Parks' critically acclaimed Teach Us To Sit Still champions the transformative power of ...

Literature
26 May 2013

Cornelia Parker

Purcell Room

Cornelia Parker, one of the most profound and poetic artists working in Britain today, talks to the psychoanalyst Darian Leader about her extraord ...

Art
25 May 2013

James Salter

Purcell Room

At 87-years-old, James Salter has written what is likely to be his final novel, 'All That Is', a sweeping, seductive love story set in post-Second ...

Literature
25 May 2013

Aleksandar Hemon

Purcell Room

Bosnian-born writer Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of 'The Book of My Lives', is a love song to his birthplace, Sarajevo, and his adopted city, ...

Literature
25 May 2013

SPIN

The Clore Ballroom

Join Apples & Snakes' word-wizards as they cook up wonderful ways to play with words.

Literature
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