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We launch the London Literature Festival with a glorious night of readings from ten of the greatest writers in the world
See two works by artist Amy Shelton at the Saison Poetry Library throughout the festival.
Melvyn Bragg launches his new novel Grace and Mary at the London Literature Festival.
Southbank Centre Book Club
Mikhail Bulgakov's fiercely satirical fantasy 'The Master and Margarita' is widely considered to be one of the best novels of the 20th century.
What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?
The Moss Project presents a selection of tracks from its album, with guest appearances by authors Lawrence Norfolk, Hanan Al-Shaykh, James Miller ...
Art and Fame: What Celebrity Does to Identity
How do you keep hold of who you really are when you are famous and continue to make fresh and original music and art? Miranda Sawyer asks some har ...
Join Apples & Snakes' word-wizards as they cook up wonderful ways to play with words.
Everyone can sing and Cerys Matthews wants to stop us feeling so shy about it.
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, ...
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 ...
Finding work that satisfies us is one of the major desires of our times.
Over two weekends we are attempting to translate an entire book from French into English - and we need your help.
Free Workshops with James Wilkes
Become part of a poetry-writing collective in this eight-day celebration of the art of Renga.
With Rachel Rose Reid
Join Rachel Rose Reid on a magical mystery tour of Southbank Centre, allowing you to experience the building in a way you've never seen it before.
Mark Boyle and Richard Glover
Mark Boyle has lived completely without money in England for over two and a half years.
Literary translator Rosalind Harvey presents an interactive journey in and around Southbank Centre for the curious and the adventurous.
Over half the planet now spends more of their waking hours 'plugged in' than not.
with Ed Cooke
Do you know your Hard Timesfrom your Great Expectations?
Rupert Everett, one of the leading actors of his generation, discusses his career and his best-selling memoirs.
Mum, Dad, I'm a Poet
Tadeusz Rósewicz is the most celebrated living Polish author, the great 'anti-poet' who has succeeded in writing poetry after Auschwitz
After last year's phenomenal Poetry Parnassus festival at Southbank Centre - the biggest ever gathering of world poets - what is left for verse to ...
Expect heated discussion as two eminent translators, Edith Grossman and Margaret Jull Costa, go head-to-head with rival versions of the same text.
'Ask Me Anything' invites you to come face to face with people from all walks of life.
Three authors discuss the graphic form, which is enjoying a long-overdue renaissance.
Cornelia Parker, one of the most profound and poetic artists working in Britain today, talks to the psychoanalyst Darian Leader about her extraord ...
In a world increasingly dominated by chaos and noise, Tim Parks' critically acclaimed Teach Us To Sit Still champions the transformative power of ...
Mark Stevenson is a writer, deep-thinker and stand-up comedian.
Learn the basics of the art of translation in this free workshop.
Granta Best of Young British Novelists: Adam Thirlwell, Sarah Hall and Adam Foulds
In a time when more stories are being published, broadcast and shared online than ever before, what is there left to write about?
Forty-five years since the momentous events of May 1968 that brought Paris to a standstill, what happened to one of the movement's key players, th ...
Bees and other pollinators are responsible for the pollination of one third of our shopping basket.
Sylvia Plath died 50 years ago leaving a black binder of poems that was to become her final, posthumously published collection, Ariel
Blood, Beauty and the Borgias
Acclaimed novelist Sarah Dunant discusses blood, beauty, power, corruption, sex and poison with leading historian Lisa Jardine.
Audrey Niffenegger, bestselling author of 'The Time Traveller's Wife' and 'Her Fearful Symmetry', comes to Southbank Centre to discuss her life as ...
A Workshop for Children
This workshop offers children the opportunity to learn about our huge dependence on pollinators and the major link between bees and human health.
Biff is not like ordinary dogs.
Nature stirs powerful emotions, creating awe-inspiring moments that can change our perspective and make us feel more alive.
A neuroscientist and a filmmaker describe the many ways that bees inspire them in their work and everyday lives.
Esther Woolfson and Tom Chivers explore the myriad ways the union of nature and the cityscape can be reflected in literary form.
The phenomenon of urban beekeeping is hooking city dwellers from London to New York and Melbourne.
Budding translators of all ages are welcome to this fun, free workshop.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, John Burnside is no longer able to take part in this event
Sylvain Tesson, France's 'most brilliant travel writer' (L'Express), put himself in isolation in a Siberian cabin for six months.
Gabriel Weston and Kate Manning
How much have our attitudes to abortion moved on in the last century, and what is literature's role in the debate? We hear from two novelists who ...
The God Argument
One of Britain's leading intellectuals, AC Grayling makes his case against Religion and for Humanism.
A Claire Tomalin Lecture
Celebrated biographer Claire Tomalin discusses 'Pride and Prejudice', which appeared anonymously 200 years ago, made everyone laugh and was though ...
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'.
Polari returns for the London Literature Festival, showcasing a blend of established, new and upcoming literary talent
A rare opportunity to see charismatic German chanteuse Ute Lemper.
A Various Art
Eric Gregory Award-winning poets Heather Phillipson and Emily Berry read from their first book-length collections in an intimate evening at the Sa ...
In the second of five lectures, celebrated biographer Claire Tomalin considers how Thomas Hardy's life was divided between Dorset, where his famil ...
In this illustrated talk, celebrated product designer Tom Dixon launches his new book, 'Dixonary', and talks about the inspiration behind a 30-yea ...
George Saunders, commonly described as one of the world's best short-story writers, discusses his new collection 'The Tenth of December'.
Claire Tomalin celebrates the man who had the luck to live through Civil War, Restoration, plague, fire, Dutch wars and the revolution of 1688.
Barbara Kingsolver, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction for 'The Lacuna', discusses her latest novel 'Flight Behaviour', a captivating and topi ...
Award-winning writer and historian William Dalrymple presents an hour-long lecture based on his latest book, a definitive analysis of the First Af ...
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.
Tender, mellifluous singing and finely wrought harmonies inspired by the poems of Blake, Shakespeare, Joyce, Clare and others.
An intimate poetry performance from Ryan Van Winkle
The Southbank Centre's Creative Writing School runs monthly, sold-out classes in the craft of writing - intensive, two-hour practical sessions.
My Father and Other Superheroes is Nick Makoha's moving and powerful story about the journey from childhood to fatherhood
Author Craig Taylor presents ten specially commissioned plays about life in 21st-century South London, Southbank Centre's local neighbourhood.
Poet Inua Ellams curates a Midnight Run event celebrating the themes of Nick Makoha's play, My Father and Other Superheroes.
Poems are peppering the site at Southbank Centre this summer with our London Lines project
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 ...
One of America's foremost public intellectuals, Rebecca Solnit discusses her new book 'The Faraway Nearby', an inspiring memoir about family, empa ...
For this special London Literature Festival event, Point Blank Poets present poems and discussion about their own diverse heritage and relationshi ...
Join Charlie Dark and the Run Dem Crew as they take you on a mission-impossible superhero run around Southbank Centre
with the London Review of Breakfasts
The 'full English' refers not to our technological, cultural or military achievements.
Need some help with your poetry writing? Get a slice of feedback from one of our Poetry Butchers.
The Neckinger Pilgrimage
Part walking tour, part site-specific performance, this urban pilgrimage combines poetry, soundscapes and storytelling to scrape away at the surfa ...
The launch of a new novel, The Professor of Truth, loosely based on the Lockerbie bombing
The Gentle Author, writer of more than 1000 stories posted online at spitalfieldslife.
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 ...
Playwright, poet and critic Gabriel Gbadamosi presents his debut novel Vauxhall, a tender and occasionally dark portrait of a child looking for hi ...
At the launch of our new Festival of Neighbourhood, Richard Sennett, University Professor at New York University, talks about the challenge of liv ...
A final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers.
In the fourth of five lectures on different topics, Claire Tomalin unravels the story of the relationship, or non-relationship, between these two ...
Visions of London
To round off our weekend celebrating all things London, join us for an evening in conversation with China Miéville.
In this illustrated talk, Rachel Lichtenstein reveals some of the extraordinary stories she uncovered whilst researching her latest book Diamond S ...
Cities Are Good for You
More than half the world's population lives in urban centres and the numbers are only going to grow.
Take to the streets of London's historic jewellery quarter, to jewellery shops, medieval crypts, the oldest pub in London and many other intriguin ...
London On The Map
Maps fascinate many of us.
Bedsit Disco Queen
Tracey Thorn, one half of the band Everything but the Girl, talks about her candid memoir Bedsit Disco Queen.
Claire Tomalin concludes her five-part lecture series in the week of the Women's Prize for Fiction with a study of one of the great voices of the ...
How to Get Your First Novel Published
Whether you have written your first draft, or are yet to write the first sentence, join the Women's Prize and Grazia at a special writers' evening.
London: A History in Verse
A whistle-stop tour of six centuries of poetry about London.
Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo's stories have won the Caine Prize for African Writing and been shortlisted for the SA PEN Studzinsi Award.
From the 2012 Poetry Parnassus Festival - the largest ever gathering of world poets - there arose some compelling connections which criss-crossed ...
Now in its 18th year, the Women's Prize for Fiction was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women througho ...
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 ...
Join us as we consider the digital alternative to poetry magazines in discussion with website editors from 'Ink, Sweat & Tears', 'Like Starlin ...