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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.

Free

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

Free

Free

12:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Weave with words in a fun Vikings-inspired workshop
Weave with words in a fun Vikings-inspired workshop

Free

Free

Various times
21 Oct 2017
Various times | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Performance
Go on an adventure through classic Icelandic sagas with puppets and live action
Go on an adventure through classic Icelandic sagas with puppets and live action

Free

Various times
21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Various times | 21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Travel the extremes of Finnish landscape with stories and music brought to life
Travel the extremes of Finnish landscape with stories and music brought to life
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
23 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Various times | 23 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Bring your little one along for a London Literature Festival-themed Pram Jam
Bring your little one along for a London Literature Festival-themed Pram Jam

Free

Various times
23 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Various times | 23 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Use recycled materials to create your own time capsule
Use recycled materials to create your own time capsule

Free

THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

3:30 pm
23 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 23 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Join us at the end of the day for family storytelling and poetry
Join us at the end of the day for family storytelling and poetry

Free

Laura Dockrill - Make your own children's book
1:00 pm
24 Oct 2017
1:00 pm | 24 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Join Laura Dockrill and her mum Jaine Green for a parent and child poetry event
Join Laura Dockrill and her mum Jaine Green for a parent and child poetry event
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

3:30 pm
24 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 24 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Take some time on Tuesday for family storytelling and poetry
Take some time on Tuesday for family storytelling and poetry

Free

12:00 pm
25 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 25 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Meet two cool hippos in Sav Akyuz’s storytelling session and drawing workshop
Meet two cool hippos in Sav Akyuz’s storytelling session and drawing workshop

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