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.

This season documentarian Louis Theroux reflects on two decades of groundbreaking work and Lenny Henry takes us on a trip down memory lane. Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain talks cake and kids and comedian Sara Pascoe assesses what really matters to humans. We also welcome Malcolm Gladwell, Richard Dawkins, Hannah Gadsby and many more.

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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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Brett Anderson, singer-songwriter

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7:30 pm
Wed 23 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 23 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Here they come, the beautiful ones: Suede's frontman reads from his second volume of memoirs
Here they come, the beautiful ones: Suede's frontman reads from his second volume of memoirs

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7:30 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Break down what’s behind contemporary Britain's culture, attitudes and roots at this talk
Break down what’s behind contemporary Britain's culture, attitudes and roots at this talk
Anthony Daniels and C-3PO

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7:00 pm
Sun 27 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 27 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Join Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels as he reflects on his role as one of cinema's most famous droids
Join Star Wars actor Anthony Daniels as he reflects on his role as one of cinema's most famous...
Dame Julie Andrews, actress
2:30 pm
Sat 02 Nov 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 02 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
In a UK-exclusive event, the beloved star of stage and screen celebrates the publication of her memoir
In a UK-exclusive event, the beloved star of stage and screen celebrates the publication of her...
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Malcolm Gladwell, journalist
7:30 pm
Mon 25 Nov 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 25 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
Dive into the many facets of why we misread other people with the bestselling author and journalist
Nadiya Hussain, baker and television presenter
7:30 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The Bake Off winner celebrates the publication of her memoir in her own warm, honest and humorous way
The Bake Off winner celebrates the publication of her memoir in her own warm, honest and humorous...

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