talks & debates

Southbank Centre's Talks & Debates events feature artists and thinkers – from Grayson Perry to Stephen Hawking and Angela Davis – discussing everything from their seminal works to the pressing issues of the day. These wide-ranging events address topics including literature, global culture and ethnicity, gender politics and equality, love and sexuality and more. Shocking, revealing, and exploratory yet stimulating, our Talks & Debates events set brilliant minds free on big issues.

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2 Sep - 4 Sep
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature

America’s best-selling comedic author, David Sedaris, returns to London following the release of his latest book.

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4 Nov - 5 Nov
Literature
Talks & Topics

Take part in our seventh gathering for an exploration of religion, spirituality, belief and the world. Our weekend pass for Belief & Beyond...

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31 Jul 2017

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

10 Aug 2017

WHY? Summit workshop

Free

Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
11:00 am, 10 Aug 2017
What does a festival that celebrates young people’s ability to make change through the arts look like?

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

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

5 Sep 2017

Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
7:30 pm, 5 Sep 2017
Globally renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle speaks at Royal Festival Hall

21 Sep 2017

Audience at No Country for Young Women Talk

Free

Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Various times, 21 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
Help us plan the eighth WOW London

22 Sep 2017

Audience at No Country for Young Women Talk

Free

Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Various times, 21 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
Help us plan the eighth WOW London

23 Sep 2017

Talks & Topics
Artists & Thinkers
11:30 am, 23 Sep 2017
Hear from religious leaders, writers and philosopher on where we should look for moral guidance
Literature
Talks & Topics
11:30 am, 23 Sep 2017
Join talks and debates on religion, spirituality, belief and the world
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
1:00 pm, 23 Sep 2017
Hear this debate on the moral, spiritual and legal issues of abortion
Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
1:00 pm, 23 Sep 2017
Hear the differing voices on the key issue of same-sex marriage rights in this debate
Audience at No Country for Young Women Talk

Free

Talks & Topics
Gender Politics & Equality
Various times, 21 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
Help us plan the eighth WOW London
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
2:30 pm, 23 Sep 2017
Discover how science enhances our understanding of whether human beings are innately good
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
2:30 pm, 23 Sep 2017
Discuss the differences and similarities within religions
Talks & Topics
Religion & Beliefs
4:00 pm, 23 Sep 2017
Are we ready to move past the ideas of good and evil?

24 Sep 2017

Literature
Talks & Topics
7:30 pm, 24 Sep 2017
Delve into the fashion designer and activist’s love of literature in her keynote talk

28 Sep 2017

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Free

Classical music
Opera
6:00 pm, 28 Sep 2017
Hear two of the greatest living Icelandic composers in conversation with Gillian Moore

20 Oct 2017

Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
7:30 pm, 20 Oct 2017
Find out why Philip Pullman has returned to the realm of His Dark Materials in this exclusive event

21 Oct 2017

Literature
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
In a world on the brink, what can words do to bring about change?
Literature
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017 - 22 Oct 2017
Witness dialogues between British and Nordic authors across two days of talks and readings
Literature
Talks & Topics
12:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
What role can words, stories and poetry have in seeing us through uncertain times
Literature
Talks & Topics
2:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
Meet three Nordic talents expanding our understanding of the place we call home
Literature
Talks & Topics
2:00 pm, 21 Oct 2017
Are Nordic countries really modern day utopias?