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London Literature Festival

13 October – 1 November 2017

Featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton in her only London appearance, Tom Hanks, Philip Pullman, Annie Leibovitz and a live reading of Nelson Mandela's memoirs, this year sees a specially expanded edition of the festival, exploring how literature and poetry can remind us of our shared humanity in a world on the brink.

The festival opens with the 50th anniversary of Poetry International, as established and emerging poets transport audiences across the globe.

Throughout the festival, writers from the North join British contemporaries as part of our Nordic Matters series, with the middle weekend dedicated to showcasing the brightest talents from across the region.

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Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
Art
Literature
Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with an exhibition of archival material and new work

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Get an insight into rapidly changing Sami communities with Anders Sunna's art

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Artist Carola Grahn transforms thoughts into physical art with her series of reindeer hide canvases

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Watch a film centred on our relationship with the natural world set in Norway
London Literature Festival

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Get an insight into changing Sami lands in Norway with this series of eleven prints

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Watch women share poetry translated into their mother's native language
Credit: Pug Life Management/Lisa Viktoria Tatiana

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Watch rappers from the Americas to Norway and Australia perform in their native languages in this video installation

Free

1:00 pm | 13 Oct 2017
Gigs
Hear Greenlandic rapper Tarrak live during your lunch break

Free

5:30 pm | 13 Oct 2017
Gigs
Start your Friday with a solo performance that's part concert, part dub poetry and part theatre
7:00 pm | 13 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
What would you say to the next century? Join us for readings of letters and music

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Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:59
Experience everything from Chinese culture to Nordic cuisine via classical concerts
Mon, 09/18/2017 - 16:25
Electronic
Writers
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
Fri, 09/08/2017 - 00:01
Politics & History
See how Hillary Rodham Clinton went from First Lady of the United States, to the cusp of Presidency
Tue, 08/29/2017 - 17:31
Spoken word & Live literature
Discover the actors who will read extracts from Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:33
Spoken word & Live literature
Discover more about the author ahead of his appearance at London Literature Festival
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:00
Spoken word & Live literature
Read how photographer Annie Leibovitz considers her work on Women never done.
Sun, 10/09/2016 - 11:46
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Use our timeline to discover what our experts predict will take place over the century to come
Sat, 10/01/2016 - 10:25
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
‘I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams…’
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Hear author Matt Haig on depression and writing as therapy
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Join John Pilger in conversation with Robin Denselow
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Discussion between Arundhati Roy and Shami Chakrabarti
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Slavoj Žižek at London Literature Festival 2010
Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:50
Hear from great writers at our 2015 Young Adult Literature Weekender.
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22 Oct
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
A cast of actors bring Nelson Mandela’s long-awaited memoir to life

Karl Ove Knausgard

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Maria Teresa Slanzi
23 Oct
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear the author reflect on the pleasures and perils of writing as he publishes his latest book
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