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London Literature Festival

London Literature Festival featured many of the most anticipated literary events of the year, with talks by Philip Pullman and Claudia Rankine to Tom Hanks and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

This specially expanded edition of the festival opened 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.

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
Listen to highlights of Hillary Rodham Clinton's exclusive London appearance at Southbank Centre
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

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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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