literature & poetry

Southbank Centre is the home of literature and spoken word events in the UK and the venue for London Literature Festival and Poetry International. Our programme is brimming with today’s bestselling authors, award-winning poetry and spoken word, and dramatised readings of iconic novels from some of the world’s most inspiring writers.

This season, Art Spiegelman discusses his harrowing graphic novel, Maus, podcaster Pandora Sykes of The High Low presents her brand new book, and world experts tackle the climate emergency.  

We also welcome Lisa Taddeo, Tayari Jones, Laura Bates, Samantha Irby and Ferran Adrià.

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6:30 pm
Mon 13 Jul 2020
6:30 pm | Mon 13 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Playful and profound, innovative and humane, poet Edwin Morgan’s work comes alive at our book club
Playful and profound, innovative and humane, poet Edwin Morgan’s work comes alive at our book club
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Various times
30 Apr 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
Various times | 30 Apr 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
art & exhibitions
literature & poetry
Mark the centenary of the Scottish poet at an exhibition focused on his visual poetry and his life
Mark the centenary of the Scottish poet at an exhibition focused on his visual poetry and his life
Pandora Sykes, writer
4:27 pm
Mon 13 Jul 2020
4:27 pm | Mon 13 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What does the right life even look like? And why do so many women feel like they’re getting it wrong?
What does the right life even look like? And why do so many women feel like they’re getting it...
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 16 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Thu 16 Jul 2020
gigs
literature & poetry
Headlining our monthly poetry and music evening, poet Caroline Bird reads from her latest collection
Headlining our monthly poetry and music evening, poet Caroline Bird reads from her latest collection
Out-Spoken at Southbank Centre
1:00 pm
Sat 18 Jul 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 18 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Open the door to your creativity at our monthly three-hour weekend poetry writing workshop
Open the door to your creativity at our monthly three-hour weekend poetry writing workshop
Convenience Store Woman
7:45 pm
Mon 27 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Mon 27 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
performance & dance
Sayaka Murata's quirky and profound novel comes to the stage for the first time
Sayaka Murata's quirky and profound novel comes to the stage for the first time
Rachel Long, poet
7:45 pm
Tue 28 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Tue 28 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
The poet's debut navigates shame, the body, sex, faith, Blackness, lineage, prophecy and healing
The poet's debut navigates shame, the body, sex, faith, Blackness, lineage, prophecy and...
Diana Souhami, writer
7:30 pm
Fri 31 Jul 2020
7:30 pm | Fri 31 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
The LGBTQ+ literary salon shines a spotlight on the bestselling writer known for incisive biographies
The LGBTQ+ literary salon shines a spotlight on the bestselling writer known for incisive...
Caleb Femi: poet
7:45 pm
Fri 31 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Fri 31 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
The trials and joys of London's youth are brought to light in the poet’s debut collection
The trials and joys of London's youth are brought to light in the poet’s debut collection
8:00 pm
Wed 02 Sep 2020
8:00 pm | Wed 02 Sep 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Join us for the premiere of a new film and poster publication by the legendary London writer
Join us for the premiere of a new film and poster publication by the legendary London writer

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A variety of events in our literature and poetry programme, including talks, spoken word and live performances, are British Sign Language interpreted and/or Speech-to-Text transcribed. Access information for each event can be found in the ‘need to know’ section, underneath the main description of the event. 

If an event in our literature programme does not have an access provision, you can request one by emailing Customer Relations at customerrelations@southbankcentre.co.uk or by phoning our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 at least one month ahead of the event. We will try to provide a service wherever possible.

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You may be eligible for concessionary tickets if you have specific seating requirements, with a complimentary seat for your companion, under our Access Scheme.

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