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London Literature Festival

13 October – 1 November 2017

Featuring Philip Pullman, The Man Booker Prize nominees and Dorthe Nors, 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.

In the final week we offer family-friendly events to coincide with half-term, culminating in the return of Young Adult Literature Weekender.

From major authors including Philip Pullman in conversation in Royal Festival Hall to a host of free programming, our events come in all shapes and sizes, and offer timely insights into the power of literature.

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Spoken word & Live literature
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 18:33
Discover more about the author ahead of his appearance at London Literature Festival
Art
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:00
Read how photographer Annie Leibovitz considers her work on Women never done.
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Sun, 10/09/2016 - 11:46
Use our timeline to discover what our experts predict will take place over the century to come
Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
Sat, 10/01/2016 - 10:25
‘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.

16 Oct 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
7:30 pm, 16 Oct 2017
Meet the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist

20 Oct 2017

Suunta Performers

Free

Gigs
Folk & World
5:30 pm, 20 Oct 2017
Get a taste of Finnish contemporary folk music with this captivating trio
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
7:30 pm, 20 Oct 2017
Find out why Philip Pullman has returned to the realm of His Dark Materials in this exclusive event

21 Oct 2017

Literature
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
In a world on the brink, what can words do to bring about change?
Literature
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Witness dialogues between British and Nordic authors across two days of talks and readings
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
Gigs
Folk & World
Various times, 21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Travel the extremes of Finnish landscape with stories and music brought to life

22 Oct 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
3:30 pm, 22 Oct 2017
Delve deeper into Nordic contemporary literature in this day of talks and readings
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
Spoken word & Live literature
5:00 pm, 22 Oct 2017
Join Goldie for a candid conversation on his life and career in the UK rave scene
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
Spoken word & Live literature
7:30 pm, 22 Oct 2017
A cast of actors bring Nelson Mandela’s long-awaited memoir to life
Gigs
Folk & World
Various times, 21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Travel the extremes of Finnish landscape with stories and music brought to life
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?

23 Oct 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
7:30 pm, 23 Oct 2017
Hear the author reflect on the pleasures and perils of writing as he publishes his latest book

24 Oct 2017

Literature
Poetry
7:30 pm, 24 Oct 2017
Renowned British-Somali poets on womanhood, nature, migration and seeking refuge

25 Oct 2017

Performance
Theatre
Various times, 25 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Bring the kids to a puppet show reimagining Icelandic folk tales

26 Oct 2017

Performance
Theatre
Various times, 25 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Bring the kids to a puppet show reimagining Icelandic folk tales