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Participants of a workshop
1:00 pm
Sat 25 Jan 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 25 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
By the metre: navigate the world of poetry at our monthly three-hour weekend writing workshop, facilitated by leading UK/US poets.
By the metre: navigate the world of poetry at our monthly three-hour weekend writing workshop,...
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Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Wed 29 Jan 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 29 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Welcome the new year with an edition of the LGBTQ+ literary salon headlined by the novelist and critic
Welcome the new year with an edition of the LGBTQ+ literary salon headlined by the novelist and...
Poet performing at Out-Spoken
7:45 pm
Thu 30 Jan 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 30 Jan 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Robin Robertson headlines London’s premier evening of poetry and live music, now at Southbank Centre
Robin Robertson headlines London’s premier evening of poetry and live music, now at Southbank...
Marian Keyes, writer
7:30 pm
Wed 05 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 05 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
One of the most successful Irish novelists of all time introduces her much anticipated new novel
One of the most successful Irish novelists of all time introduces her much anticipated new novel
Wiliam Longsdail, painter
8:00 pm
Wed 05 Feb 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 05 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
For over 200 years, Spanish poets have walked London’s streets - and used them for inspiration
For over 200 years, Spanish poets have walked London’s streets - and used them for inspiration
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Isabel Allende, author
7:00 pm
Sun 09 Feb 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 09 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
For the first time in 12 years, one of the most widely read novelists in the world visits the UK
For the first time in 12 years, one of the most widely read novelists in the world visits the UK
Eimear McBride, author
7:45 pm
Thu 13 Feb 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 13 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Fierce, honest, laced with desire and punctuated with black humour: it's the writer's third novel
Fierce, honest, laced with desire and punctuated with black humour: it's the writer's...
Supertato illustration
11:00 am
Sat 15 Feb 2020
11:00 am | Sat 15 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Supertato's always there for you when the chips are down
Supertato's always there for you when the chips are down
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Illustration of The Little Island
Various times
Sat 15 Feb 2020
Various times | Sat 15 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
A fable for our times about coming together, and the power of friendship, tolerance and cooperation
A fable for our times about coming together, and the power of friendship, tolerance and cooperation
 Lucy O'Brian, author
7:30 pm
Sat 15 Feb 2020
7:30 pm | Sat 15 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Mark LGBTQ+ History Month with a specially curated edition of London’s popular literary salon
Mark LGBTQ+ History Month with a specially curated edition of London’s popular literary salon
Rug Rhymes at National Poetry Library

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Free

10:30 am
Mon 17 Feb 2020
10:30 am | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
A short session of green nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
A short session of green nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
Cressida Cowell, author
10:45 am
Mon 17 Feb 2020
10:45 am | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Calling creators of the future – hear from the pros on how to grow your own magical ideas
Calling creators of the future – hear from the pros on how to grow your own magical ideas
Illustration of two worker bees
11:30 am
Mon 17 Feb 2020
11:30 am | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Can poetry turn you green?
Can poetry turn you green?
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Polar bear sitting on arctic ice
1:30 pm
Mon 17 Feb 2020
1:30 pm | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Poets share planet-friendly poems on disappearing tigers, talking rubbish and ‘poo power’
Poets share planet-friendly poems on disappearing tigers, talking rubbish and ‘poo power’
Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger
2:00 pm
Mon 17 Feb 2020
2:00 pm | Mon 17 Feb 2020
family & young people
literature & poetry
Still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts?
Still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts?
An illustration of earth surrounded by nature and animals
3:00 pm
Mon 17 Feb 2020
3:00 pm | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Adventure into snowy mountains and deep blue oceans with poems celebrating the world you live in
Adventure into snowy mountains and deep blue oceans with poems celebrating the world you live in
Kate Pankhurst, writer
3:15 pm
Mon 17 Feb 2020
3:15 pm | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Spark ideas on how to make an impact with illustrator, author and suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst
Spark ideas on how to make an impact with illustrator, author and suffragette descendant Kate...
Robin Stevens, author
1:00 pm
Tue 18 Feb 2020
1:00 pm | Tue 18 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Create and solve a mystery of your very own with the author of the Murder Most Unladylike series
Create and solve a mystery of your very own with the author of the Murder Most Unladylike series
Sita Brahmachari, author
Various times
Tue 18 Feb 2020
Various times | Tue 18 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Create your own environmental pledge with the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author
Create your own environmental pledge with the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author
Jennie Poh, illustrator
Various times
Wed 19 Feb 2020
Various times | Wed 19 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Ahoy there, matey! Become a pirate for the day and sail the stormy seas
Ahoy there, matey! Become a pirate for the day and sail the stormy seas
Dermot O'Leary and Toto the Ninja Cat
12:30 pm
Thu 20 Feb 2020
12:30 pm | Thu 20 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Toto the Ninja Cat is going on a well-earned holiday to the world's most famous music festival - Catstonbury!
Toto the Ninja Cat is going on a well-earned holiday to the world's most famous music festival...
Atinuke, author
2:00 pm
Fri 21 Feb 2020
2:00 pm | Fri 21 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Did you know that the first human beings to walk this earth were African?
Did you know that the first human beings to walk this earth were African?
Cerrie Burnell, author
3:15 pm
Fri 21 Feb 2020
3:15 pm | Fri 21 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Children’s authors explain the wonderful things that can happen when you find yourself in the story
Children’s authors explain the wonderful things that can happen when you find yourself in the...
Maggie Aderin-Pocock, scientist
11:00 am
Sat 22 Feb 2020
11:00 am | Sat 22 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
Get set for the cosmic trip of a lifetime on this interactive tour
Get set for the cosmic trip of a lifetime on this interactive tour
Konnie Huq, presenter
3:00 pm
Sat 22 Feb 2020
3:00 pm | Sat 22 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Meet Cookie – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world!
Meet Cookie – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world!
A collage of old photographs and envelopes
11:00 am
Sun 23 Feb 2020
11:00 am | Sun 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
spoken word & live literature
A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust told by a beloved children's author
A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust told by a beloved children's author
Pippi Longstocking holding a horse
2:00 pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020
2:00 pm | Sun 23 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
A playful performance celebrates the 75th birthday of 'the strongest girl in the world'
A playful performance celebrates the 75th birthday of 'the strongest girl in the world'
Poet performing at Out-Spoken
7:45 pm
Thu 27 Feb 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 27 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
See stars at February’s poetry and live music gathering, led by poet laureate Simon Armitage
See stars at February’s poetry and live music gathering, led by poet laureate Simon Armitage
Participants of a workshop
1:00 pm
Sat 29 Feb 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 29 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Hone your versification skills at a writing workshop led by Happiness poet Jack Underwood
Hone your versification skills at a writing workshop led by Happiness poet Jack Underwood
Jacqueline Saphra, poet
8:00 pm
Wed 04 Mar 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 04 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Conjure myth, magic, fable and feminism at a reading by leading voices in contemporary poetry
Conjure myth, magic, fable and feminism at a reading by leading voices in contemporary poetry
Sarah Blumenau, business tutor
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Communicate with confidence, clarity and impact in front of any audience after this masterclass
Communicate with confidence, clarity and impact in front of any audience after this masterclass
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whet your appetite with amazing short talks, performances, readings and soapbox moments
Whet your appetite with amazing short talks, performances, readings and soapbox moments
Badass Women from History at Southbank Centre
12:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What can the traits of pioneering, trailblazing women teach us about how to change the world?
What can the traits of pioneering, trailblazing women teach us about how to change the world?
 Shahroo Izadi, author
1:45 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
If you're ready to make changes that last, you've come to the right place
If you're ready to make changes that last, you've come to the right place
Panel discussion at WOW talk event
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Our panel session invites you to explore who really benefits from forgiveness in the face of misogynoir
Our panel session invites you to explore who really benefits from forgiveness in the face of...
Bolanle Tajudeen
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Delve into the genesis of black feminism in art with Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms
Delve into the genesis of black feminism in art with Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms
Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don't at Southbank Centre
3:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whether you’re a mother or not, explore the impacts of motherhood for everyone
Whether you’re a mother or not, explore the impacts of motherhood for everyone
Jude Kelly at WOW - Women of the World closing session
5:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
5:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Round out the first day of WOW’s tenth year with special guest speakers
Round out the first day of WOW’s tenth year with special guest speakers
Caroline Criado Perez
7:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
See what is often unseen as the campaigner and writer discusses her groundbreaking book
See what is often unseen as the campaigner and writer discusses her groundbreaking book
Hilary Mantel, writer
7:30 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
writers
In an exclusive event, Hilary Mantel reveals the eagerly awaited third novel in her thrilling trilogy
In an exclusive event, Hilary Mantel reveals the eagerly awaited third novel in her thrilling...
Union Jack Flags
9:00 pm
Fri 06 Mar 2020
9:00 pm | Fri 06 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What does it mean to be British today? Have identities shifted in the new Brexit Britain?
What does it mean to be British today? Have identities shifted in the new Brexit Britain?
Laura Ellen Anderson, illustrator
10:00 am
Sat 07 Mar 2020
10:00 am | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Go on a fantastic adventure with the author and illustrator of the wickedly funny series for children
Go on a fantastic adventure with the author and illustrator of the wickedly funny series for...
WOW - Women of the World talk in Royal Festival Hall
10:30 am
Sat 07 Mar 2020
10:30 am | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Delve into the genesis of black feminism in art with Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms
Delve into the genesis of black feminism in art with Bolanle Tajudeen, founder of Black Blossoms
D/deaf adn Bossing It at Southbank Centre
12:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Navigate the challenges and opportunities of being D/deaf in the workplace at a talk in British Sign Language
Navigate the challenges and opportunities of being D/deaf in the workplace at a talk in British Sign...
Jessica Hepburn, author
12:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Get answers to your fertility questions from Fertility Fest and a panel of experts
Get answers to your fertility questions from Fertility Fest and a panel of experts
Sanah Ahsan, poet and psychologist
12:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
How do gender and race affect mental health care, and why do women of colour often go unheard?
How do gender and race affect mental health care, and why do women of colour often go unheard?
Refusing to Be Silenced, Women at Awards Ceremony
12:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
12:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Come and hear from women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war around the world
Come and hear from women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war around the world
 Chelsea Kwakye and Ọrẹ Ogunbiyi, writers
1:45 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The realities of being a black girl in a white institution are laid bare by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi
The realities of being a black girl in a white institution are laid bare by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore...
Audience at a talk event
1:45 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whet your appetite with short talks, performances, readings and soapbox moments
Whet your appetite with short talks, performances, readings and soapbox moments
Amelia Abraham, journalist
1:45 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
1:45 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What does it mean to be queer in 2020? Author and journalist Amelia Abraham leads our panel discussion
What does it mean to be queer in 2020? Author and journalist Amelia Abraham leads our panel...
Leanne Pero
3:30 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Hear personal stories from breast cancer survivors at our panel talk
Hear personal stories from breast cancer survivors at our panel talk
Sabeena Akhtar, writer
3:30 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Add your voice to the discussion on how identifying as a working-class Asian affects you
Add your voice to the discussion on how identifying as a working-class Asian affects you
Flo Perry
3:30 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
3:30 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
A guide to loving your body and having a fun, guilt-free sex life without the patriarchal bullsh*t
A guide to loving your body and having a fun, guilt-free sex life without the patriarchal bullsh*t
Various times
Sat 07 Mar 2020
Various times | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Are you a budding young gender equality champion? Explore what being a girl means in a workshop
Are you a budding young gender equality champion? Explore what being a girl means in a workshop
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Jude Kelly at WOW - Women of the World closing session
5:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
5:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
WOW founder Jude Kelly and special guests close the day
WOW founder Jude Kelly and special guests close the day
Emma Dabiri, author
8:30 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
8:30 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
british sign language
accessible events
Straightened. Stigmatised. 'Tamed'. Celebrated. Appropriated. Explore why black hair is never 'just hair'
Straightened. Stigmatised. 'Tamed'. Celebrated. Appropriated. Explore why black hair is...
Activists at a climate change protest
9:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
9:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Why should we be looking to feminist solutions to climate change?
Why should we be looking to feminist solutions to climate change?
Naomi Wolf, author
7:30 pm
Sun 08 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Sun 08 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Author, journalist and feminist activist Naomi Wolf revisits her legendary international bestseller
Author, journalist and feminist activist Naomi Wolf revisits her legendary international bestseller
Letters Live at WOW, Southbank Centre
8:00 pm
Sun 08 Mar 2020
8:00 pm | Sun 08 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Outstanding performers read letters by or for women on International Women’s Day
Outstanding performers read letters by or for women on International Women’s Day
Roddy Doyle, novelist
7:30 pm
Wed 11 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 11 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
One of Ireland’s best-loved writers joins us for an intimate evening of sprawling conversation
One of Ireland’s best-loved writers joins us for an intimate evening of sprawling conversation
Two poets working together
8:00 pm
Thu 12 Mar 2020
8:00 pm | Thu 12 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
The spotlight’s on poetic talent from the United Arab Emirates in an evening of readings and discussion
The spotlight’s on poetic talent from the United Arab Emirates in an evening of readings and...
Guppi Bola, writer and activist
8:00 pm
Thu 19 Mar 2020
8:00 pm | Thu 19 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Find hope at a panel discussion with speakers who are fighting to protect the natural world around us
Find hope at a panel discussion with speakers who are fighting to protect the natural world around...
Out-Spoken Masterclass workshop
1:00 pm
Sat 21 Mar 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 21 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Find the right words at our monthly three-hour weekend workshop, facilitated by leading poets
Find the right words at our monthly three-hour weekend workshop, facilitated by leading poets
Anna Selby, author
8:00 pm
Wed 25 Mar 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 25 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
In an evening of poetry inspired by the natural world, celebrate Hayward Gallery's Among the Trees exhibition
In an evening of poetry inspired by the natural world, celebrate Hayward Gallery's Among the...
Out-Spoken host poet Joelle Taylor
7:45 pm
Thu 26 Mar 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 26 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Scotland’s national poet Jackie Kay headlines an evening of great spoken word and music
Scotland’s national poet Jackie Kay headlines an evening of great spoken word and music
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Fri 27 Mar 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 27 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Headlining the March edition of our LGBTQ+ literary salon, the writer reads from his new novel
Headlining the March edition of our LGBTQ+ literary salon, the writer reads from his new novel
Johny Pitts, writer
7:45 pm
Mon 30 Mar 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 30 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
gigs
All aboard for an exhilarating whistle-stop tour of unseen Europe, using music, words, images and film
All aboard for an exhilarating whistle-stop tour of unseen Europe, using music, words, images and...
Crossing Boundaries at Southbank Centre
8:00 pm
Wed 01 Apr 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 01 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Traverse cultures and languages at a reading from UK-based poets of East Asian heritages and identities
Traverse cultures and languages at a reading from UK-based poets of East Asian heritages and...
7:15 pm
Mon 06 Apr 2020
7:15 pm | Mon 06 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Climate and mental health specialists discuss how to deal with anxiety while staying informed
Climate and mental health specialists discuss how to deal with anxiety while staying informed
David Wallace Wells, journalist
7:30 pm
Wed 08 Apr 2020
7:30 pm | Wed 08 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Reflect on the book that changed the conversation around climate change at this talk with its author
Reflect on the book that changed the conversation around climate change at this talk with its author

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