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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Kishani Widyaratna, editor
7:00 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
writers
Get advice on how to evaluate your manuscript and tackle rewriting from the Picador Books editor
Get advice on how to evaluate your manuscript and tackle rewriting from the Picador Books editor
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Nikki Giovanni , poet

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7:30 pm
Mon 21 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 21 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 ‘living legends’, the poet discusses the power of literature
Named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 ‘living legends’, the poet discusses the power of...
Emma Paterson headshot
7:00 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
What do literary agents do and how can you find the right one for you?
What do literary agents do and how can you find the right one for you?
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Elizabeth Day, writer and journalist
7:30 pm
Tue 22 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Tue 22 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a book for anyone who has ever failed – in other words, everyone
Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a book for anyone who has ever failed – in other words,...
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
7:00 pm
Thu 24 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 24 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to publication
Whether you’ve been writing for a while or are just starting, get some tips on the routes to...
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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
Jade

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1:00 pm
Sat 26 Oct 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Find out about prizes, initiatives and schemes that can advance your writing career in a day of free short talks
Find out about prizes, initiatives and schemes that can advance your writing career in a day of free...
Hind Hassan, news reporter
3:00 pm
Sat 26 Oct 2019
3:00 pm | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Journalists Roula Khalaf, Hind Hassan and Heba Shibani reflect on their formidable reporting careers
Journalists Roula Khalaf, Hind Hassan and Heba Shibani reflect on their formidable reporting careers
Helen Seymour
Various times
Sat 26 Oct 2019
Various times | Sat 26 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Helen Seymour is struggling to keep her head above water in her very funny, very dark second solo show
Helen Seymour is struggling to keep her head above water in her very funny, very dark second solo...
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...
Anne Carson, poet
7:30 pm
Wed 30 Oct 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 30 Oct 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Cheers to 40 years of the London Review of Books at an evening of poetry, music and collaboration
Cheers to 40 years of the London Review of Books at an evening of poetry, music and collaboration
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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Mariam Khan, editor and activist
7:00 pm
Thu 07 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 07 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Hear from writers, poets and activists as they discuss the contemporary Muslim female experience
Hear from writers, poets and activists as they discuss the contemporary Muslim female experience
Yara Rodrigues Fowler, novelist
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Nov 2019
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Nov 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
Meet the lauded and vibrant voices of British Latinx writers at this discussion and reading
Meet the lauded and vibrant voices of British Latinx writers at this discussion and reading
Jazzworks panel at Southbank Centre

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12:45 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
12:45 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
talks & debates
jazz & blues
Explore the current preventative tools and crisis services available to support the health of artists
Explore the current preventative tools and crisis services available to support the health of...
Jazzworks workshop at Southbank Centre

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2:15 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
2:15 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
gigs
jazz & blues
Find out how to support your career in music at a speed networking event for emerging artists and professionals
Find out how to support your career in music at a speed networking event for emerging artists and...
Audeince members at talks

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4:00 pm
Sat 23 Nov 2019
4:00 pm | Sat 23 Nov 2019
talks & debates
jazz & blues
How far has the industry come in supporting artists of different genders?
How far has the industry come in supporting artists of different genders?
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
7:00 pm
Wed 27 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Wed 27 Nov 2019
art & exhibitions
talks & debates
Join a diverse range of speakers for a discussion on abstraction in contemporary art
Join a diverse range of speakers for a discussion on abstraction in contemporary art

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Named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 ‘living legends’, the poet discusses the power of literature
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