Southbank Centre’s Book Podcast: Brett Anderson - Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn

As part of London Literature Festival 2019, Suede frontman Brett Anderson joined Miranda Sawyer in conversation about his second volume of memoirs, Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn, the book he’d previously said he would never write.

Recorded live at Queen Elizabeth Hall this podcast sees Anderson discuss how he found therapy in the process of writing this book, and the crucial differences between his person and his persona. He also looks in detail at his music career; the positives and pressures that came from Suede’s glowing critical reception from the music press, his feelings on Britpop, and the shocking moment that served as a wake-up call to his hedonistic lifestyle.


Brett Anderson: Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn by Southbank Centre's Book Podcast


Regret is a word I use a lot in the book. In fact the first version of the book, my editor did say that you’ve got to find a new word for regret; you need to look in a thesaurus.
Brett Anderson
Everyone in a band is just an awful show off, and I’m no exception to that, hence the fact I’m standing up here talking about myself again
Brett Anderson


The venue for London Literature Festival and Poetry International, Southbank Centre is the home of literature and spoken word events in the UK. Throughout the year we host talks, discussions, readings and more featuring bestselling authors, award-winning poets and inspirational writers.

upcoming literature events



shop london literature festival

Capri Bookmark

'Isometric Books' Coaster Set

Literary 'Tea Large Enough' Tote Bag

The Poetry Pharmacy Return