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Inua Ellams reads new verses inspired by the poetry of his childhood.
An exhibition by Rick Myers
In 1832 the physicist Michael Faraday conducted an experiment using Waterloo Bridge.
Emmanuel Speaks is a 19-year-old spoken-word poet and story teller.
Being A Man addresses the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century.
Consider what it really means to be a man at a day for male students aged 11 - 16
Explore the complex and varied manifestations of masculinity in literature in our special reading space.
What rhymes with rug?
Level 5 Function Room
As Marc Almond once sang, 'What makes a man a man?' London's award-winning LGBT literary salon explores queer masculinity with readings from Berna ...
Blue Bar, Level 4
Share challenges, exchange ideas and seek out a new mentor in a relaxed and sociable environment.
Royal Festival Hall
Theatre of War present readings from Sophocles' military tragedy Ajax
Being A Man festival addresses the challenges and pressures of masculine identity in the 21st century.
For generation after generation James Bond is the ultimate man
Join a panel of authors and experts as they explore our continuing fascination with the ultimate secret agent.
With Robin Ince, Andy Zaltzman, Mark Steel, Stephen K Amos and Ricky Grover
Come to an evening of comedy and discussion on the subject of masculinity
Writing a Winter Short Story with Greg Mosse
In this short story class, Greg helps you to find your own winter inspiration .
An in-depth session exploring Stockhausen's Hymnen
A Very Polari Xmas
Paul Bailey heads the bill at a seasonal edition of our LGBT literary salon.
TS Eliot Prize
Bring along an old book and swap it for a new one at this drop-in book swap.
Drafting outlines, blurbs & plot summaries
One workshop in a 12-part course providing you with the necessary skills to write a novel.
Rosamund Lupton, Sarah Moss, Bryan Lintott, Sarah Ardizzone
Join us for a candlelit reading of tales of Arctic adventures and polar explorers.
Make Christmas book crafts inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen.
What You Need to Know about Turangalîla
An in-depth session exploring Messiaen's Turangalîla
With the Poetry School
Discuss the books shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize at this special Poetry School event.
Hear the best contemporary poets
Hear readings from the poets shortlisted for the 2015 prize at this highlight of the literary calendar
Join us for an evening of poetry and music with poetical musicians LiTTLe MACHiNe and musical poet Liz Berry.
What rhymes with rug?
Frank O'Hara died 40 years ago and would have turned 90 this year.
Author and critic Adam Mars-Jones headlines the first Polari of the year
Join us for a celebration of the centennial of enigmatic English poet David Gascoyne (1916 – 2001).
Art and the mind
Open up big questions about art and the mind
Many people experience them, but talking about mental health problems remains taboo.
Blue Room, Spirit Level
Gig meets theatre meets depression meets a tidal wave of glitter.
What is it like to live with a mental health problem?Over 450 million people around the world have issues with mental health
Southbank Centre and StorySLAM:Live are looking for the next Jacqueline Wilson.
A Blue Touch Paper event
London Sinfonietta's week-long residency at Southwark Playhouse explores the intricate links between music and storytelling
Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Judith Kerr is the author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog.
Join a special guest in The Clore Ballroom as they read aloud their favourite bedtime story.
Listen to a story on our enormous bed.
Tall Stories and Mermaid Tales
Award-winning authors Candy Gourlay and Laura Dockrill discuss tall tales and fiction.
The exuberant improv artists behind Showstopper! - The Improvised Musical create musical adventure for kids.
Holly Smale is the bestselling author of the award-winning Geek Girl series.
In search of the ever-elusive self
Narrative, music, electronics and video are combined in a thought-provoking performance
WOW Friday looks at ways to create a more gender-equal society.
Get a three-day pass to choose from all the WOW events over a long weekend.
WOW Saturday offers events for the whole family.
WOW Sunday offers events for the whole family.
What You Need To Know About Jenufa
An in-depth session exploring Janácek's Jenufa.