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London Literature Festival

13 October – 1 November 2017

Featuring 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.

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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7:00 pm | 13 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
What would you say to the next century? Join us for readings of letters and music

Free

Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
Art
Literature
Take in a poetic visual representation of the aspirations of refugees
12:00 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Reflect on the changing nature of poetry as Poetry International celebrates 50 years

Free

Various times | 14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Work with an artist to record your hopes and dreams in light
12:00 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Get your fill of poetry with readings, talks and debates in Poetry International’s Saturday Pass
14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Readings, performances and talks await you at Poetry International
1:30 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Should the details of a poet’s life change the way we read their work?

Free

3:00 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Join us for the launch of the Wall of Dreams projection
4:30 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Delve into poetry on refugees and those forced to leave their homes

Free

5:30 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Join us for an evening of poetry, music and reawakening lost languages

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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
Art
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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