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Go deeper into arts, culture and performance and get to know the artists and thinkers that make up our distinctive programme.

Listen to the Star Wars actor on his role as one of the most famous droids in cinema
Listen to this UK-exclusive talk about their new book, The Book of Gutsy Women
The popular TV presenter shares some of her favourite books
Yes, we somehow managed to narrow it down to six
See who’ll be joining us during some packed months of live literature
Listen to the Suede frontman discuss his latest book with Miranda Sawyer in this special podcast.
Listen to the poet and activist in this podcast recorded live at Poetry International
Take our fun interactive quiz to see which character matches your personality
Chris McCabe on his anthology of poems from endangered languages
What to see and hear at our longest running festival
Victoria Adukwei Bulley profiles the influential American poet
The much-loved comedian and actor looks back at his remarkable career
The popular children’s author discusses his new book
The internationally bestselling author on the fascinating story of Lale Sokolov
“Had I curated it in the wake of Brexit, Trump and Farage, there’s a chance it would have been a different book”
Listen to the documentary-maker discuss his career on screen with comedian Adam Buxton
Listen to the comedian discuss her new book in this special podcast
Introducing the brilliant YA writers and authors appearing at Southbank Centre
Listen to Malorie Blackman discuss her latest novel Crossfire
Richard Ayoade reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
The psychotherapist and author discusses her latest book in this interview
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Enjoy some of the distinctive documentary maker’s most memorable moments
Get a recap of the author’s award-winning series
The poet on the importance of Picasso’s work and the challenge of responding to it
Get to know more about the two writers and former nurses
See who’s joining us at this year’s festival and Poetry International
Take the chance to hear from authors, writers and publishers in a series of intimate short talks
Poet Richard Price and The National Poetry Library’s Chris McCabe on responding to Picasso’s Guernica
Introducing an award-winning author with an increasingly global following
Take a look at the packed line-up coming to Southbank Centre later this year
Introducing the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist
Big name star after big name star; take a look at the cast of the new television series
Get up to speed on the author’s two LA Quartet series.
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview
Find out more about the much-hyped debut novelist
How the authors’ respective latest novels explore the boundaries from artificial intelligence
Discover the six authors and books in contention for this year’s prize
Weather taken a turn for the worse? Curl up and enjoy these eggstra special reads
Listen to the best-selling author of The Hate U Give discuss her second novel
For World Book Day, take a look at these books celebrating characters and stories often reduced to the margins
The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Hear from the Octavia Poetry Collective, and get an exclusive listen to the US writer's first UK appearance
Take a look at the inspirational writers and poets appearing here with us in summer 2019
The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
Listen to a special podcast, recorded live at 2018’s London Literature Festival
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Listen to Sue Perkins discuss her book East of Croydon
Listen to Salman Rushdie, Marilynne Robinson, Sarah Churchwell and Terrance Hayes on modern America
Relive special moments from this year’s festival with these podcasts
Catch up on the Oscar-winning actress discussing her autobiography In Pieces at London Literature Festival
Writer and activist Soraya Chemaly considers six myths about anger and gender
Listen to The Who frontman discussing his new memoir in this special podcast
Listen to Anna Burns discuss her Man Booker award-winning novel, Milkman
Read a short interview with the television presenter and comedian
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
Read an extract from Churchwell’s new book, Behold, America
The author discusses her debut book Ponti and taking The Odyssey away from the male gaze
How an increase in prizes is helping bring through more diverse voices
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
From living in exile to appearing in films, the author’s remarkable story
What, or indeed who, is behind the popularity of Chinese sci-fi?
Enjoy eight stand-out musical collaborations featuring The Who frontman
Discover the actors bringing the classic epic poem to life
Listen to the fourth episode of our monthly literary podcast featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makola
Discover the writer known as the 'Chinese Tolkein'
From Sybil to Forrest Gump, take a look back at some of the actress’ most iconic performances
Take a detailed look at this year's shortlist with National Poetry librarian Chris McCabe
From André Aciman to Xia Jia; a look at the books our literature team enjoyed this month
Breaking down myths on the refugee crisis, the inspiration for Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer
A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Read a short-story, written in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
Get inspiration for your next novel or poetry collection from our literary experts
Listen to the second episode of our monthly podcast, as we discuss writing and the novel.
A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
See what’s coming up in our packed poetry programme
Listen to the two literary titans discuss their creative processes and the inspirations for their fiction
Listen to the second episode of our literary podcast, recorded backstage at Man Booker 50
Listen to a discussion of family dynamics, memory and desire, from two Booker Prize-winning authors
Listen to two Booker Prize-winning writers discuss how historical fiction can shed light on our present
Listen to the novelists discuss how fiction can capture lives on the margins of history
Enjoy fantastic fiction and powerful prose selected by literary experts.
Read our rapid-fire interview with the two-time Booker Prize-winning author
Discover the books on the shortlist and what drove the judges to select them
Discover works from this groundbreaking National Poetry Library exhibition
Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Margo Jefferson on one of the great and controversial icons of the 20th century
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast series as we look back at past Man Booker Prize winners
Find out about the world's first exhibition of this emerging art form
See what our literary experts have been reading
Get inspiration for your bank holiday reading from our literature team
Discover what's new with the library’s online presence

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