Literature
Talks & Topics
Talks & debates

World on the Brink: Weekend Pass

Part of London Literature Festival

Witness dialogues between British and contemporary Nordic authors across two days of talks and readings.

An array of award-winning and internationally celebrated names from across disciplines join the rising stars of the region, in this series aiming to open up dimensions between literature and the ways we construct and shape our present day reality, and offer up new ways of thinking about our shared future.

In a world increasingly caught between extremes, from political upheavals to the reality of changing climate, what role can literature play in reimagining our relationship to the planet, ourselves and each other?

Literature from the north has long been shaped by its relationship to the natural world, from ancient myths to contemporary writing that captures the ebb and flow of life across the region. From sustainable metropolises, to immense forests and rural island life, the lay of the land in the north often defines the narratives of those who live there, and has given rise to literature finely aware of the delicate balance of life.

Combined with a progressive willingness to tackle the pressing issues of our times, and the historical narratives which brought us to this point, Nordic authors are deeply attuned to the challenges of the present and offer essential insights into the way we live now.

Part of Nordic Matters

Dates & times

21 Oct 2017

where

Various

Pricing

£35
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

Concessions

50% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy
Literature
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
What role can words, stories and poetry have in seeing us through uncertain times
Literature
Talks & Topics
2:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
Meet three Nordic talents expanding our understanding of the place we call home
Literature
Talks & Topics
2:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
Are Nordic countries really modern day utopias?
Literature
Talks & Topics
4:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
How are designers and writers reimagining the spaces most of us call home?
Literature
Talks & Topics
4:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
Meet acclaimed Nordic women writers challenging taboos in their work
Literature
Talks & Topics
3:30 pm, 22 Oct 2017
Hear a panel of architects, designers and authors discuss the Nordic approach to living a good life
Literature
Talks & Topics
3:30 pm, 22 Oct 2017
What can the Nordic region’s hidden histories tell us about the present?
Literature
Talks & Topics
5:30 pm, 22 Oct 2017
Take a plunge into the age-old relationship between Nordics and the sea
Literature
Talks & Topics
5:30 pm, 22 Oct 2017
Meet the provocative graphic artist and writer Liv Strömquist
Literature
Talks & Topics
7:30 pm, 22 Oct 2017
Meet the best writers of Nordic noir from a new generation
Literature
Talks & Topics
7:30 pm, 22 Oct 2017
How closely do dystopian fictions resemble reality?

before & after

Exterior view of Wagamama, Southbank Centre
Inspired by canteen-style Japanese noodle bars, Wagamama delivers lively pan-Asian food
The Hop Locker Bar at Southbank Centre
Sample a Nordic pint on the riverfront at award-winning bar the Hop Locker