We are proud to present the first ever UK appearance of this celebrated cultural critic and American novelist who takes to the stage to discusses her career including her most recent book Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body as well as her New York Times bestseller Bad Feminist.
In an exclusive UK event, is the bestselling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And The Mountains Echoed will discuss his new illustrated story Sea Prayer with journalist Razia Iqbal, which charts the dangerous voyage made by a father and son away from their war-torn homeland in Syria.
Margo Jefferson with Reni Eddo-Lodge
The Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the 2016 Baillie Gifford shortlisted Negroland will be discussing her new book On Michael Jackson, which charts the rise and fall of the pivotal cultural icon, with Jhalak Prize-winning and bestselling author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge.
Best known for critically-acclaimed novels including The Lacuna, Flight Behaviour and The Poisonwood Bible the American author presents her much-anticipated new novel Unsheltered which explores the human capacity for resilience and compassion in times of great upheaval in an in conversation event.
Man Booker 50
In July we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize with a special festival bringing together five decades of literary greats for a series of talks and events. A unique series of ‘in conversation’s will bring together pairings including Pat Barker and Hilary Mantel on how historical fiction can shine a light on the present; Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James considering the commonalities in their portrayal of gay sexuality and the political, cultural and sexual climates of their novels’ times; Peter Carey and Julian Barnes on literary passions, influences and storytelling techniques; and a rare public appearance from mother and daughter Anita and Kiran Desai - both prize alumni - who discuss writing across the generations.
We will also host past winners, from Penelope Lively (1987) and Kazuo Ishiguro (1989) to Eleanor Catton (2013) and Paul Beatty (2016), discussing their work in events that span literature, politics, history, art and film, plus an interview with 2017 Man Booker International winner David Grossman. The festival culminates with the awarding of the Golden Man Booker, a one-off crowning of the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as voted for by the public.
Tickets for this festival are now on general sale.
And that’s not all…
Reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, British poet and playwright Tony Harrison, one of the greatest writers to come out of the Arab world, Egyptian feminist wordsmith Nawal El Saadawi, and acclaimed writer and illustrator Judith Kerr OBE are also all set to appear at Southbank Centre this year, as they join us for (B)old festival, which celebrates age and creativity and champions new and established artists aged 65 years and over.
And there’s more too, including a dramatic live reading of Justine and Juliette, two of Marquis de Sade’s remarkable and enduringly shocking novels, by Golden Globe Best Actress, Isabelle Huppert. Whilst The National Poetry Library hosts the world’s first instagram poetry exhibition among a packed programme of its own.
These events, and many more talks, workshops, exhibitions, festivals, live readings, performances, award ceremonies, family events and book signings all feature in our 2018 literature programme.