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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.

Philip Pullman, Author. Photographed by Michael Leckie in Oxford 11th January 2017
7:30 pm
20 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 20 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Find out why Philip Pullman has returned to the realm of His Dark Materials in this exclusive event
Find out why Philip Pullman has returned to the realm of His Dark Materials in this exclusive event
12:00 pm
21 Oct 2017 - 23 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017 - 23 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Witness dialogues between British and Nordic authors across two days of talks and readings
Witness dialogues between British and Nordic authors across two days of talks and readings
12:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
What role can words, stories and poetry have in seeing us through uncertain times
What role can words, stories and poetry have in seeing us through uncertain times
12:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
12:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
In a world on the brink, what can words do to bring about change?
In a world on the brink, what can words do to bring about change?
2:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
2:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Meet three Nordic talents expanding our understanding of the place we call home
Meet three Nordic talents expanding our understanding of the place we call home
2:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
2:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Are Nordic countries really modern day utopias?
Are Nordic countries really modern day utopias?
4:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
4:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
How are designers and writers reimagining the spaces most of us call home?
How are designers and writers reimagining the spaces most of us call home?
4:00 pm
21 Oct 2017
4:00 pm | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Meet acclaimed Nordic women writers challenging taboos in their work
Meet acclaimed Nordic women writers challenging taboos in their work
3:30 pm
22 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
What can the Nordic region’s hidden histories tell us about the present?
What can the Nordic region’s hidden histories tell us about the present?
3:30 pm
22 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Hear a panel of architects, designers and authors discuss the Nordic approach to living a good life
Hear a panel of architects, designers and authors discuss the Nordic approach to living a good life

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