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.

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

Free

6:00 pm | 28 Sep 2017
Classical music
Opera
Hear two of the greatest living Icelandic composers in conversation with Gillian Moore
1:00 pm | 7 Oct 2017
Talks & Topics
How does the new two-child policy affect women’s lives?
2:30 pm | 7 Oct 2017
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Leading Chinese writers Xiaolu Guo and Lilia Zhang read from and discuss their most recent books

Free

3:00 pm | 7 Oct 2017
Talks & Topics
Learn about the making of an animated film from KS3 pupils, their animator and teacher
5:30 pm | 7 Oct 2017
Talks & Topics
Get an insight into the joys and challenges of contemporary China from leading Chinese thinker, Hung Huang
7:30 pm | 13 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Celebrated LGBTQ+ literary salon Polari returns to London Literature Festival
12:00 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Get your fill of poetry with readings, talks and debates in Poetry International’s Saturday Pass
14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Readings, performances and talks await you at Poetry International
12:00 pm | 14 Oct 2017
Literature
Poetry
Reflect on the changing nature of poetry as Poetry International celebrates 50 years

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