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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.

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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

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Watch women share poetry translated into their mother's native language
Watch women share poetry translated into their mother's native language

Free

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Get an insight into rapidly changing Sami communities with Anders Sunna's art
Get an insight into rapidly changing Sami communities with Anders Sunna's art

Free

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Artist Carola Grahn transforms thoughts into physical art with her series of reindeer hide canvases
Artist Carola Grahn transforms thoughts into physical art with her series of reindeer hide canvases

Free

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Watch a film centred on our relationship with the natural world set in Norway
Watch a film centred on our relationship with the natural world set in Norway

Free

Credit: Pug Life Management/Lisa Viktoria Tatiana

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Art
Watch rappers from the Americas to Norway and Australia perform in their native languages in this video installation
Watch rappers from the Americas to Norway and Australia perform in their native languages in this...

Free

London Literature Festival

Free

Various times
13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 13 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Get an insight into changing Sami lands in Norway with this series of eleven prints
Get an insight into changing Sami lands in Norway with this series of eleven prints

Free

7:30 pm
18 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 18 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
How are writers from the North grappling with a changing world?
How are writers from the North grappling with a changing world?

Free

1:00 pm
20 Oct 2017
1:00 pm | 20 Oct 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Enjoy free lunchtime music with Sami artist Yana Mangi
Enjoy free lunchtime music with Sami artist Yana Mangi

Free

Free

Various times
20 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Various times | 20 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Performance
Use your hands to create aurora-like shapes over London’s skyline in this immersive Augmented Reality experience
Use your hands to create aurora-like shapes over London’s skyline in this immersive Augmented...

Free

Free

5:30 pm
20 Oct 2017
5:30 pm | 20 Oct 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Get a taste of Finnish contemporary folk music with this captivating trio
Get a taste of Finnish contemporary folk music with this captivating trio

Free

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

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

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?
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
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?

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

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
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?
Various times
21 Oct 2017
Various times | 21 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Experience an intimate celebration of stories from strangers in this theatre piece
Experience an intimate celebration of stories from strangers in this theatre piece
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
3:30 pm
22 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Delve deeper into Nordic contemporary literature in this day of talks and readings
Delve deeper into Nordic contemporary literature in this day of talks and readings
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
18.HI
4:00 pm
22 Oct 2017
4:00 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
See a selection of defining works by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz
See a selection of defining works by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz
5:00 pm
22 Oct 2017
5:00 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join Goldie for a candid conversation on his life and career in the UK rave scene
Join Goldie for a candid conversation on his life and career in the UK rave scene
5:30 pm
22 Oct 2017
5:30 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Take a plunge into the age-old relationship between Nordics and the sea
Take a plunge into the age-old relationship between Nordics and the sea
5:30 pm
22 Oct 2017
5:30 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Three leading Nordic writers explore how desire inspires imagination
Three leading Nordic writers explore how desire inspires imagination

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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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Hear Sylvia Plath’s newly published letters in this live reading
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Spoken word & Live literature
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