talks & debates

Our year-round programme of talks and debates showcases leading thinkers, activists, politicians and cultural observers. Be stimulated by new thoughts and ideas, or challenged to see the world with fresh eyes by today’s most exciting speakers.

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Perhaps you don’t recognise that you have power but if you’re doing something to try to make a change you are already exercising power.
Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder of Ballet Black, speaking at Southbank Centre in 2018
The paradox of the last 20 years has been that we have increased our communication, its frequency, participants and methods to do so. But instead of taking this opportunity to produce a clear picture of the world, the content of that information, and what we actually know, is decreasing.
Yannis Varoufakis, speaking at Southbank Centre in 2015

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Bryony Gordon, journalist
2:30 pm
Sat 04 May 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 04 May 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Self-respect? Love and confidence? You got this. The author shares her fabulous, fearless guide for teens
Self-respect? Love and confidence? You got this. The author shares her fabulous, fearless guide for...
Rose McGowan, author and activist
7:30 pm
Sat 04 May 2019
7:30 pm | Sat 04 May 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
The actor and activist discusses her life and the realities of exposing the truth about injustice
The actor and activist discusses her life and the realities of exposing the truth about injustice
 Maggie Nelson, writer
7:15 pm
Mon 08 Jul 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 08 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
In an exclusive UK event, the bestselling writer discusses her electrifying, category-defying work
In an exclusive UK event, the bestselling writer discusses her electrifying, category-defying work

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story
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture