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World on the Brink

21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017

In a world increasingly caught between extremes, what role can literature play in reimagining our relationship to the planet, ourselves and each other?

Literature from the north has long been shaped by its relationship to the natural world, from ancient myths to contemporary writing that captures the ebb and flow of life across the region. Nordic authors are deeply attuned to the challenges of the present and offer essential insights into the way we live now.

Across two days of talks, and readings, Southbank Centre presents the best established and emerging authors from across the Nordic region, in dialogue with their British contemporaries and speakers from a range of diverse disciplines. From discussing what words can do in a world on the brink, to how literature can shine a light on the experience of those on the margins, to the way Nordic noir can expose the cracks in society, the weekend offers timely debates and unexpected literary encounters.

all events

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
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

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
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?
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 - 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

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