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London Literature Festival

18 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018

Now in its twelfth year, Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival brings together today’s leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers to explore the burning issues of our times. 

This year we invite you on a journey across centuries and borders to celebrate the power of literature to reflect on the world in which we live. Our journey takes in everything from a celebration of Homer’s Odyssey to an examination of contemporary America in the lead-up to the midterm elections. 

At the heart of the festival is a celebration of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, marking its first-ever translation into English by a woman, Emily Wilson. This timeless classic is explored through live readings, talks and workshops with writers from Mary Beard to Madeline Miller. The theme of homeland and journeys continues in appearances from leading writers including Esi Edugyan, Aida Edemariam and Mohsin Hamid. 

We delve into the political and social landscapes of contemporary America with events including a rare appearance from Salman Rushdie discussing his provocative new novel and author Marilynne Robinson advocating the value of hope, and talks on topics from the American Dream to feminism in Trump's America. 

Other highlights include exclusive memoir launches from the Who's frontman Roger Daltrey and Oscar-winning actor Sally Field; hip-hop artist Akala and historian David Olusoga discussing empire and race; Carol Ann Duffy reading from her final collection as Poet Laureate, and a full day of events celebrating Young Adult literature.

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Young Adult Lit Day

Buy a Day Pass (27 October 2018), for some of the most exciting authors of Young Adult fiction, new and emerging poetry and spoken word, and a fanzine fair.

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An Evening with Roger Daltrey
7:30 pm
Thu 18 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Thu 18 Oct 2018
Literature
Hear the inside story of the rise of British rock from Roger Daltrey as he publishes his memoir
Hear the inside story of the rise of British rock from Roger Daltrey as he publishes his memoir
Slay in your Lane
7:00 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Navigate the spaghetti junction of life and come out in front
Navigate the spaghetti junction of life and come out in front
An Evening with Sally Field

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7:30 pm
Fri 19 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Fri 19 Oct 2018
Literature
Talks & Topics
Celebrated actor Sally Field tells her extraordinary story in her own words
Celebrated actor Sally Field tells her extraordinary story in her own words
Michael Hughes, author

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Multi-buy discount

2:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
How do myths shape our masculinity?
How do myths shape our masculinity?
Photo of Andrew McMillan
3:30 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
3:30 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Unpack the rites, friendships, conflicts and intimacies that make a man
Unpack the rites, friendships, conflicts and intimacies that make a man
Stella Duffy, writer
7:30 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
The beloved literary salon returns to celebrate some of the best in LGBTQ+ writing for 2018
The beloved literary salon returns to celebrate some of the best in LGBTQ+ writing for 2018
 David Olusoga
8:00 pm
Sat 20 Oct 2018
8:00 pm | Sat 20 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures by tracing the roots of modern Britain
An Introduction to The Odyssey

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2:00 pm
Sun 21 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 21 Oct 2018
Literature
Who is Odysseus, anyway? Find out from our panel, chaired by cult classicist Mary Beard
Who is Odysseus, anyway? Find out from our panel, chaired by cult classicist Mary Beard
And the Air Sang: 20 Years of Foyle Young Poets
7:00 pm
Tue 23 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Join us for a readings by a gathering of ten Foyle Award-winning poets from across the decades
Readings of Chinua Achebe
7:00 pm
Tue 23 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Reflect on powerful women writers of colour and the presses that publish them at a panel discussion
Reflect on powerful women writers of colour and the presses that publish them at a panel discussion

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Young Adult Lit Day

Buy a Day Pass  (27 October 2018), for some of the most exciting authors of Young Adult fiction, new and emerging poetry and spoken word, and a fanzine fair.

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