literature & poetry events

Looking for literature, poetry and spoken word events in London? Southbank Centre hosts some of the most celebrated writers and poets, as well as highlighting promising new talent, throughout the year.

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4 Jul
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature

In an exclusive London event, internationally acclaimed journalist, activist and bestselling author Naomi Klein, delivers a keynote talk on the...

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6 Jul
Literature

Hear Zadie Smith read from her new novel, Swing Time, and talk about her fiction, essays and how dance inspires her writing.

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Literature
Various times, 25 Apr 2017 - 26 Sep 2017
Get in touch with your creativity in poet Rachel Long’s workshops for women of colour

29 Jun 2017

Literature
7:30 pm, 29 Jun 2017
Discover contemporary African writing in an evening of readings and discussion, chaired by Bidisha.

30 Jun 2017

Free

Poetry
Literature
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Join The Poetry Library puppets, for short session of nursery rhymes
Classical music
Choral
10:30 am, 30 Jun 2017
Take part in a day of vocal exploration and learning for primary school KS2 pupils.

3 Jul 2017

Taken at the First International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books in Islington Town Hall (1-3 April 1982)

Free

Literature
Poetry
Various times, 3 Jul 2017
Join us for a special event on race and poetry at The National Poetry Library

4 Jul 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
7:30 pm, 4 Jul 2017
Bestselling author Naomi Klein delivers a keynote on the surreal political upheavals of recent months

5 Jul 2017

Painting - Celebrating Shearsman Books

Free

Literature
Poetry
8:00 pm, 5 Jul 2017
Hear authors represented by Shearsman Books read and discuss their work

6 Jul 2017

Literature
7:30 pm, 6 Jul 2017
Zadie Smith talks about her fiction, essays and how dance inspires her writing

7 Jul 2017

Free

Poetry
Literature
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Join The Poetry Library puppets, for short session of nursery rhymes

13 Jul 2017

Literature
Talks & Topics
7:30 pm, 13 Jul 2017
Laurie Penny reads from her new book and discusses staying hopeful in today’s world

14 Jul 2017

Free

Poetry
Literature
Various times, 13 Jan 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Join The Poetry Library puppets, for short session of nursery rhymes

15 Jul 2017

Literature
Talks & Topics
2:30 pm, 15 Jul 2017
Discover the diverse styles making East Africa a literary powerhouse
Gigs
Folk & World
Various times, 15 Jul 2017
Experience music without sight as you listen to a performance while blindfolded

16 Jul 2017

Literature
12:00 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Learn how to edit, polish and refine a potentially prize-winning short story
Literature
Poetry
Various times, 16 Jul 2017
Come along to this special live poetry reading at the newly designed Room for Children
Literature
Various times, 16 Jul 2017
Enjoy screenings of this wonderful Nigerian cartoon series
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
6:45 pm, 16 Jul 2017
Sound and visuals collide in an Afro-futuristic multi-artform experience

25 Jul 2017

Literature
Various times, 25 Apr 2017 - 26 Sep 2017
Get in touch with your creativity in poet Rachel Long’s workshops for women of colour

31 Jul 2017

Literature
Poetry
7:30 pm, 31 Jul 2017
Alys Fowler headlines Polari’s first summer read of 2017

2 Aug 2017

Satellite Image of Hurricane

Free

Literature
Poetry
8:00 pm, 2 Aug 2017
Experience a collaboratively written poetic work created in response to the 2016 EU referendum

17 Aug 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
7:30 pm, 17 Aug 2017
Acclaimed author and photographer Teju Cole explores connections between the visual world and written word

29 Aug 2017

Literature
Various times, 25 Apr 2017 - 26 Sep 2017
Get in touch with your creativity in poet Rachel Long’s workshops for women of colour

2 Sep 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Various times, 2 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
America’s best-selling comedic author, David Sedaris, returns to London

3 Sep 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Various times, 2 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
America’s best-selling comedic author, David Sedaris, returns to London

4 Sep 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Various times, 2 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
America’s best-selling comedic author, David Sedaris, returns to London