We hope you like big names, as we’ve got a veritable book-shelf full of them lined up ready to appear here at Southbank Centre later this year. Our autumn 2019 line-up is our most jam-packed literature season to date with more than 35 events taking place across our venues as we welcome familiar faces, champion up and coming voices, and continue our passion for poetry.
Take a look at some of the stand-out events in our literary calendar, below.
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Hear from an author whose stories have survived and impacted generations; Malorie Blackman introduces Crossfire, the latest novel from her groundbreaking young adult fiction series Noughts & Crosses. Acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers, Blackman was the Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015.
Award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe turns her attention to the things that really matter to humans in her new book, Sex Power Money. With a fresh and thought-provoking take on the oldest discussion, Pascoe confronts her fear of the male libido, examines relationship blind spots and skewers sexual inequalities.
Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain celebrates the publication of her new memoir, Finding My Voice, in her own warm, honest and humorous way. Join the TV presenter, chef and bestselling author as she considers her role as mother, Muslim, working woman and celebrity, and questions the barriers so many women must cross to be heard.
In a London exclusive, writer and director Richard Ayoade reflects on his award-winning films, comedy and more as he discusses his latest book Ayoade On Top with Adam Buxton. Ayoade, a familiar favourite to fans of Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace and The IT Crowd, leads us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of several other places he doesn’t much care for.
The much-loved documentarian Louis Theroux takes to our stage to reflect on his weird, wonderful journey through two decades of groundbreaking television. Theroux candidly recalls some of the biggest challenges he’s faced, and discusses how and why he’s regularly drawn back to document life in contemporary society’s deepest corners.
Grab a rare chance to hear from the award-winning, bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere as Celeste Ng discusses her novels in London for the first time. As well as her critically acclaimed novels Ng will reflect on creating compelling characters, and how she dips beneath the surface of the real life that her fiction so deftly reflects.
In late September we welcome one of Britain’s best-known and most celebrated comedians as Sir Lenny Henry shares his autobiography Who Am I, Again? Revealing the story of his early life and his remarkable rise to fame and a comedy career spanning four decades, Henry’s long-awaited book is, like the man himself, charming, serious, perceptive and incredibly funny.
Comedian Hannah Gadsby’s tenth solo show was Nanette. It did alright. Nanette played around Australia and the UK for 18 months, and took top prizes at the Melbourne and Edinburgh festivals, before dropping a Netflix special. Now Gadsby is back with her new show Douglas, about a very specific dog.
Join Richard Dawkins as he helps us rethink the big questions, and challenges us all, young and old, to understand how our world came into being. In his new book, Outgrowing God, Dawkins dissects everything from Abraham’s abuse of Isaac to the construction of a snowflake, in a concise, provocative guide to thinking for yourself.
In November we’ve yet another London-exclusive as bestselling author, journalist and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell joins us to present his new book, Talking to Strangers. Few have the ability to show us who we are like Gladwell, as brilliantly showcased by this powerful and provocative exploration of why we so often misread other people.
Our packed autumn programme doesn’t end there, with yet more London exclusives lined-up. On 3 September the globally renowned short-story writer Etgar Keret joins us to present his new collection Fly Already, and on 7 October, the author and cartoonist behind webcomic xkcd and bestselling book What If?, Randall Munroe, is here to open up new dimensions on the everyday.
We explore our passion for poetry as Out-Spoken’s year-long residency continues with live poetry music nights featuring Anthony Anaxagorou, Hollie McNish, Liz Berry, Zaffar Kunial, Salena Godden and more. London Review of Books celebrates its 40th anniversary (30 October) with an exclusive poetry and music event featuring Anne Carson, Nico Muhly and Paul Muldoon, and we’ve the return of our own National Poetry Library Lates.
Award-winning writers Nathan Filer and Christie Watson come together (9 September) to challenge myths and misconceptions around patient care as we launch a new series exploring mental health in literature, Reading the Mind. We also welcome psychotherapist and bestselling author Philippa Perry (19 September) to explore ideas from her Sunday Times number one bestseller The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did). And Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski (25 September) flies in to answer your questions about food and healthy living as he marks the publication of his first cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen.
All this, plus many more events, talks, readings and workshops will be right here under our iconic roofs from September to December this year. Frankly, we’re spoiling you.