London Literature Festival


Bringing new resonance to timeless narratives, Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival returned for its 13th year in 2019 with an exploration of fairy tales for our times with today's leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers. 

Over 11 days of talks, readings, poetry and performance, the festival featured Elizabeth Day, Armistead Maupin, Brett Anderson, Heather Morris, Lemn Sissay, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Nikki Giovanni, Fatima Bhutto and Jung Chang. 

The festival once again opened with Poetry International, Southbank Centre's longest running festival, founded by Ted Hughes, former poet laureate, in 1967.

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Enjoy some of the highlights of last year’s festival, including Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tom Hanks
Enjoy an exclusive podcast, featuring readings and discussion on the life of the great politician, from a host of big names.
Hear the author discuss his latest work, La Belle Sauvage, in this exclusive podcast
Get to know Nordic Noir in our short interview with the Finnish crime writer
Listen to highlights of Hillary Rodham Clinton's exclusive London appearance at Southbank Centre
The team at National Poetry Library pick out their Anne Carson must reads
Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with Chris McCabe and Sophie Mayer
The Handmaid’s Tale author on the real world her novel reflects
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
See how Hillary Rodham Clinton went from First Lady of the United States, to the cusp of Presidency
Discover more about the author ahead of his appearance at London Literature Festival
Read how photographer Annie Leibovitz considers her work on Women never done.

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