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London Literature Festival

Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival celebrates the power of words and explores the world in which we live by bringing together today’s leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers.

The first programme announcement is on Mon 23 July, with tickets going on sale to Members on Tue 24 July and to the general public on Wed 25 July.

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Enjoy fantastic fiction and powerful prose selected by literary experts.
Your best photos and tweets from this year's events
Enjoy some of the highlights of this year’s festival, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tom Hanks
Hear the DJ and visual artist in a candid discussion about his life and work
Enjoy an exclusive podcast, featuring readings and discussion on the life of the great politician, from a host of big names.
Hear the author discuss his latest work, La Belle Sauvage, in this exclusive podcast
Get to know Nordic Noir in our short interview with the Finnish crime writer
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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Chris McCabe, programmer of this year’s Poetry International, looks back over its 50 year history
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Enjoy some of the highlights of this year’s festival, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tom Hanks

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