Spoken word & Live literature

Literary Death Match

For their 2017 London debut, Literary Death Match has teamed up with the people behind The Good Immigrant for a immigrant-fueled night of words, whimsy and a bit of wildness, to leave you happy, heartened and heaving with knowledge.

What is Literary Death Match? Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

Literary Merit: Salena Godden, award-winning author of Fishing in the Aftermath and Springfield Road

Performance: Phil Wang, award-winning comedian, and part of the Foster's Newcomer Award-nominated improv trio Daphne

Intangibles: Nish Kumar, comedian, Foster's Comedy Award finalist and host of Newsjack for Radio 4 Extra

Round 1
- Coco Khan, journalist and editor-at-large featured in The Good Immigrant
- Kayo Chingonyi, poet of The Colour of James Brown’s Scream, and the forthcoming collection, Kumukanda

Round 2
- Tahmima Anam, author of The Bones of Grace; judge for 2016 Man Booker International Prize
- Inua Ellams, Edinburgh Fringe First Award-winning playwright of The 14th Tale; internationally touring poet

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.

Dates & times

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Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall


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before & after

Couple having a cocktail in Ping Pong restaurant at the Southbank Centre
At Chinese restaurant Ping Pong, a buzzing cocktail bar meets the delights of dim sum
Exterior view of Wagamama, Southbank Centre
Inspired by canteen-style Japanese noodle bars, Wagamama delivers lively pan-Asian food