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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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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

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

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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

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
7:30 pm
22 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Meet the best writers of Nordic noir from a new generation
Meet the best writers of Nordic noir from a new generation
HIGHER FEES APPLY. Former South African President and ex-ANC leader Nelson Mandela...
7:30 pm
22 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
A cast of actors bring Nelson Mandela’s long-awaited memoir to life
A cast of actors bring Nelson Mandela’s long-awaited memoir to life
Jussi Valtonen
7:30 pm
22 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 22 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
How closely do dystopian fictions resemble reality?
How closely do dystopian fictions resemble reality?
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

Meg Rosoff at the Hay Festival 2017
6:00 pm
23 Oct 2017
6:00 pm | 23 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear from leading writers about current issues facing young people
Hear from leading writers about current issues facing young people
7:30 pm
23 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 23 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear the author reflect on the pleasures and perils of writing as he publishes his latest book
Hear the author reflect on the pleasures and perils of writing as he publishes his latest book
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

7:30 pm
24 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 24 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Renowned British-Somali poets on womanhood, nature, migration and seeking refuge
Renowned British-Somali poets on womanhood, nature, migration and seeking refuge
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
Various times
25 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Various times | 25 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Performance
Theatre
Bring the kids to a puppet show reimagining Icelandic folk tales
Bring the kids to a puppet show reimagining Icelandic folk tales

Free

3:30 pm
25 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 25 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Take some time on for family storytelling and poetry
Take some time on for family storytelling and poetry

Free

1:00 pm
26 Oct 2017
1:00 pm | 26 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Watch as Syrian author and illustrator Nadine Kaadan and prize winning children's author Kate Milner draw their stories live
Watch as Syrian author and illustrator Nadine Kaadan and prize winning children's author Kate...

Free

3:30 pm
26 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 26 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Take some time on Thursday for family storytelling and poetry
Take some time on Thursday for family storytelling and poetry

Free

Under embargo until 13:45 7th June...Pictured at Hull City Hall is the presentation of the new Tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate. Shown is Lauren Child, the new laureate and the medal she has been awarded. Pictures copyright Darren Casey / DCimaging
1:00 pm
27 Oct 2017
1:00 pm | 27 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
UK Children’s Laureate Lauren Child brings her inspiring stories to children and families
UK Children’s Laureate Lauren Child brings her inspiring stories to children and families

Free

1:00 pm
27 Oct 2017
1:00 pm | 27 Oct 2017
Gigs
Folk & World
Spend your lunchtime listening to music as part of London Literature Festival
Spend your lunchtime listening to music as part of London Literature Festival

Free

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

Free

3:30 pm
27 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 27 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Take some time on Friday for family storytelling and poetry
Take some time on Friday for family storytelling and poetry

Free

Free

5:30 pm
27 Oct 2017
5:30 pm | 27 Oct 2017
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Start your Friday evening with free music as part of London Literature Festival
Start your Friday evening with free music as part of London Literature Festival

Free

11:45 am
28 Oct 2017
11:45 am | 28 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Welcome leading authors from the YA realm this weekend
Welcome leading authors from the YA realm this weekend
11:45 am
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
11:45 am | 28 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Grab a pass and spend the weekend with YA authors
Grab a pass and spend the weekend with YA authors
Various times
28 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Various times | 28 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Start your weekend taking a look around the stalls in our buzzing marketplace
Start your weekend taking a look around the stalls in our buzzing marketplace
12:30 pm
28 Oct 2017
12:30 pm | 28 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Hear from authors who write about the blurred lines between truth and morality
Hear from authors who write about the blurred lines between truth and morality
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1:00 pm
28 Oct 2017
1:00 pm | 28 Oct 2017
Literature
Writers
Get chatting in this book club hosted by book vlogger Ben Alderson
Get chatting in this book club hosted by book vlogger Ben Alderson
1:30 pm
28 Oct 2017
1:30 pm | 28 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
How do we explore gender and identity in literature?
How do we explore gender and identity in literature?

Free

2:00 pm
28 Oct 2017
2:00 pm | 28 Oct 2017
Art
Literature
Explore stories which have had impact on readers living in secure environments
Explore stories which have had impact on readers living in secure environments

Free

2:30 pm
28 Oct 2017
2:30 pm | 28 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Authors from an anthology championing diverse voices in YA fiction join this talk
Authors from an anthology championing diverse voices in YA fiction join this talk
3:30 pm
28 Oct 2017
3:30 pm | 28 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Hear cutting edge spoken word from Deanna Rodger
Hear cutting edge spoken word from Deanna Rodger
4:15 pm
28 Oct 2017
4:15 pm | 28 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Tackle relationships, sex and self-love with author Hannah Witton
Tackle relationships, sex and self-love with author Hannah Witton
11:45 am
29 Oct 2017
11:45 am | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Come along for a day of YA themed talks and workshops
Come along for a day of YA themed talks and workshops
12:30 pm
29 Oct 2017
12:30 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Watch our Young Producers take over The Clore Ballroom stage
Watch our Young Producers take over The Clore Ballroom stage
12:30 pm
29 Oct 2017
12:30 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Writers
Hear from the creative team behind YA comic book series The Wicked + The Divine
Hear from the creative team behind YA comic book series The Wicked + The Divine
1:15 pm
29 Oct 2017
1:15 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Hear from authors who've taken weird real life tales and turned them into stories
Hear from authors who've taken weird real life tales and turned them into stories
2:00 pm
29 Oct 2017
2:00 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear the Danish author read from and discuss her acclaimed fiction
Hear the Danish author read from and discuss her acclaimed fiction
2:00 pm
29 Oct 2017
2:00 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Writers
Join us for a book club chat on Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Join us for a book club chat on Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
2:15 pm
29 Oct 2017
2:15 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Contributors from A Change Is Gonna Come anthology discuss YA fiction written by BAME authors
Contributors from A Change Is Gonna Come anthology discuss YA fiction written by BAME authors
3:15 pm
29 Oct 2017
3:15 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Does revolution fiction shows us how to deal with reality? We ask three authors
Does revolution fiction shows us how to deal with reality? We ask three authors
4:00 pm
29 Oct 2017
4:00 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Take a seat for an intimate and in-depth event with award-winning author Per Petterson
Take a seat for an intimate and in-depth event with award-winning author Per Petterson
4:15 pm
29 Oct 2017
4:15 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Talks & Topics
Bestselling author Tracy Chevalier discusses her new YA novel
Bestselling author Tracy Chevalier discusses her new YA novel
7:30 pm
29 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 29 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Hear Sylvia Plath’s newly published letters in this live reading
Hear Sylvia Plath’s newly published letters in this live reading
7:30 pm
30 Oct 2017
7:30 pm | 30 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Rebecca Solnit reads from her new collection and discusses reimagining feminism
Rebecca Solnit reads from her new collection and discusses reimagining feminism
8:30 pm
1 Nov 2017
8:30 pm | 1 Nov 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear Tom Hanks read from his first collection of short stories and discuss his writing
Hear Tom Hanks read from his first collection of short stories and discuss his writing

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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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