Southbank Centre is the home of literature and spoken word events in the UK and the venue for London Literature Festival and Poetry International. Our programme is brimming with today’s bestselling authors, award-winning poetry and spoken word, and dramatised readings of iconic novels from some of the world’s most inspiring writers.

This season Malcolm Gladwell explores the mysteries of strangers, Celeste Ng talks character development, Richard Dawkins makes an argument for atheism and Richard Ayoade reflects on his award-winning films and comedy. Our upcoming events also include talks from Isabel Allende, Nadiya Hussain and David Sedaris. 

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Free

Free

Various times
16 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019
Various times | 16 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Toast to Beat poet, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday at this exhibition
Toast to Beat poet, painter and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th birthday at this...
Leonardo Boix, poet
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Meet the lauded and vibrant voices of British Latinx writers at this discussion and reading
Meet the lauded and vibrant voices of British Latinx writers at this discussion and reading
Mini Khalvati, poet
8:00 pm
Wed 20 Nov 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 20 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Hear some of the best written and spoken-word poetry in our latest series of late-night salons
Hear some of the best written and spoken-word poetry in our latest series of late-night salons
Rug Rhymes puppet at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
13 Sep 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
Various times | 13 Sep 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
family & young people
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Join the poet and playwright for a masterclass to fine-tune your writing
Join the poet and playwright for a masterclass to fine-tune your writing
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 Jensen Sisters, musicians
7:45 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
The West Canadian sisters demonstrate their rich, intuitive jazz sound in concert with a new big band
The West Canadian sisters demonstrate their rich, intuitive jazz sound in concert with a new big...
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Come face-to-face with the great classical composers in an evening of live performance and conversation
Come face-to-face with the great classical composers in an evening of live performance and...
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Blow out the candles for the literary salon’s 12th birthday at an evening with the Queer As Folk screenwriter
Blow out the candles for the literary salon’s 12th birthday at an evening with the Queer As Folk...
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Malcolm Gladwell, journalist
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
Out-Spoken: November at Southbank Centre
7:45 pm
Thu 28 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 28 Nov 2019
gigs
literature & poetry
Rub elbows with award-winning poets at this month’s poetry and live music gathering
Rub elbows with award-winning poets at this month’s poetry and live music gathering
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1 Dec
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The Bake Off winner celebrates the publication of her memoir in her own warm, honest and humorous way
25 Nov
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
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A variety of events in our literature and poetry programme, including talks, spoken word and live performances, are British Sign Language interpreted and/or Speech-to-Text transcribed. Access information for each event can be found in the ‘need to know’ section, underneath the main description of the event. 

If an event in our literature programme does not have an access provision, you can request one by emailing Customer Relations at customerrelations@southbankcentre.co.uk or by phoning our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 at least one month ahead of the event. We will try to provide a service wherever possible.

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You may be eligible for concessionary tickets if you have specific seating requirements, with a complimentary seat for your companion, under our Access Scheme.

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Listen to the poet and activist in this podcast recorded live at Poetry International

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