London Literature Festival

13 October – 1 November 2017

From talks by Philip Pullman and Claudia Rankine to Tom Hanks and Hillary Rodham Clinton, London Literature Festival features many of the most anticipated literary events of the year. This specially expanded edition of the festival opens with the 50th anniversary of Poetry International, sees the return of Young Adult Literature Weekender, features children’s events to coincide with the half-term week and boasts some of the best writers from across the Nordic region.

The festival celebrates the role words can play in reimagining a world on the brink, with poets, novelists and major speakers reflecting on recent times and the future of the planet.

The festival shines a light on the extraordinary creativity of poetry from languages perilously close to extinction. We also illuminate Royal Festival Hall, inside and out, with the written dreams of migrants and refugees from across Europe, and launch the largest exhibition of artworks, outside the Nordic region, from the indigenous Sámi.

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All you need to know about one of Philip Pullman’s most fascinating characters.
All you need to know about this year’s packed programme
Listen to highlights of Hillary Rodham Clinton's exclusive London appearance at Southbank Centre
The team at National Poetry Library pick out their Anne Carson must reads
Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with Chris McCabe and Sophie Mayer
The Handmaid’s Tale author on the real world her novel reflects
Listen to the tracks that take Goldie back
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
See how Hillary Rodham Clinton went from First Lady of the United States, to the cusp of Presidency
Discover more about the author ahead of his appearance at London Literature Festival
Read how photographer Annie Leibovitz considers her work on Women never done.
Use our timeline to discover what our experts predict will take place over the century to come
‘I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams…’
Join John Pilger in conversation with Robin Denselow
Slavoj Žižek at London Literature Festival 2010
Hear from great writers at our 2015 Young Adult Literature Weekender.
Hear author Matt Haig on depression and writing as therapy
Discussion between Arundhati Roy and Shami Chakrabarti

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29 Oct
Hear Sylvia Plath’s newly published letters in this live reading
28 Oct - 30 Oct
Spoken word & Live literature
Grab a pass and spend the weekend with YA authors
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