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 Louis Theroux, Nadiya Hussain and Sir Lenny Henry.
If our literature programme has you feeling inspired to put pen to paper, but you're not sure how or where to start, join one of our writing courses and workshops led by professional writers.
Choose from a selection of poetry or prose classes (or both) to develop your talent and find your voice, guided by expert instruction.