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 Headshot of James Ellroy, American crime writer
7:30 pm
Mon 27 May 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 27 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The ‘demon dog of American literature’ on new novel This Storm and his life in writing
The ‘demon dog of American literature’ on new novel This Storm and his life in writing
Neil Gaiman, author
7:30 pm
Wed 29 May 2019
7:30 pm | Wed 29 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The master storyteller reflects on reinventing the modern classic Good Omens for the screen
The master storyteller reflects on reinventing the modern classic Good Omens for the screen
7:15 pm
Thu 30 May 2019
7:15 pm | Thu 30 May 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted: the latest novel from the constantly evolving writer
Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted: the latest novel from the constantly evolving writer
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Seamus Heaney with librarian Mary Enright
6:30 pm
Mon 03 Jun 2019
6:30 pm | Mon 03 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Get digging into the work and legacy of the beloved poet and mark what would’ve been his 80th year
Get digging into the work and legacy of the beloved poet and mark what would’ve been his 80th year
Karen Armstrong, author
7:15 pm
Mon 03 Jun 2019
7:15 pm | Mon 03 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
talks & debates
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
One of the world’s leading commentators on religion speaks on the use and abuse of holy texts
8:00 pm
Wed 05 Jun 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 05 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Poets Kate Davis, Abi Palmer and Meryl Pugh reflect on gender, disability, place and the body
Poets Kate Davis, Abi Palmer and Meryl Pugh reflect on gender, disability, place and the body
7:30 pm
Mon 10 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 10 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The Oscar-winning writer of biopic Milk brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s stage
The Oscar-winning writer of biopic Milk brings Hollywood sparkle to the LGBTQ+ literary salon’s...
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 15 Jun 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 15 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Tell your own story at a workshop on poetry reportage with the poet and founder of SLAMbassadors
Tell your own story at a workshop on poetry reportage with the poet and founder of SLAMbassadors
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Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Thu 20 Jun 2019
7:45 pm | Thu 20 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
Soak up music and spoken word at an evening with poets Ilya Kaminsky, Sabrina Mahfouz and Kei Miller
 David Olusoga
7:00 pm
Sun 23 Jun 2019
7:00 pm | Sun 23 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The historian delves into the Windrush scandal at a screening of his new documentary, followed by a talk
The historian delves into the Windrush scandal at a screening of his new documentary, followed by a...
Mary Jean Chan, author
8:00 pm
Wed 26 Jun 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 26 Jun 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Our new series of regular late night poetry salons is back with its summer edition
Our new series of regular late night poetry salons is back with its summer edition
Headshot of Ocean Vuong, American poet
7:15 pm
Tue 02 Jul 2019
7:15 pm | Tue 02 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary America
The poet reflects on his debut novel: an exploration of race, class and masculinity in contemporary...
Kayo Chingonyi, poet

Free

Free

8:00 pm
Wed 03 Jul 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 03 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Hear the freshest voices in contemporary poetry read from their new pamphlets
Hear the freshest voices in contemporary poetry read from their new pamphlets
365 Stories and Music, Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling
James Robertson, writer
2:30 pm
Sat 06 Jul 2019
2:30 pm | Sat 06 Jul 2019
classical music
contemporary classical
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
Keep it short and sweet in this workshop on the art of the 365-word story
 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
Workshop participants sat at a table
1:00 pm
Sat 13 Jul 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 13 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Uncover your creativity at a poetry workshop with the author of incisive, intimate poetry
Uncover your creativity at a poetry workshop with the author of incisive, intimate poetry
Sold out
Poet performing on stage
7:45 pm
Mon 22 Jul 2019
7:45 pm | Mon 22 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
Take a seat for an evening of poetry, featuring Morgan Parker, Brian Patten and Hannah Sullivan
Paul Burston, journalist and author
7:30 pm
Fri 26 Jul 2019
7:30 pm | Fri 26 Jul 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
Stride into summer with the best in queer writing at an evening with the LGBTQ+ literary salon
John Hegley, Cina Aissa and Mike Tomes leaning against a wall
8:00 pm
Wed 07 Aug 2019
8:00 pm | Wed 07 Aug 2019
literature & poetry
poetry
From the French: the poet, comedian and musician John Hegley reflects on his Gallic roots
From the French: the poet, comedian and musician John Hegley reflects on his Gallic roots
Akala, rapper and activist
2:45 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
2:45 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk
Consider who decides how and where black cultural memory is preserved at our talk
Letters Live at Southbank Centre
7:00 pm
Sat 14 Sep 2019
7:00 pm | Sat 14 Sep 2019
literature & poetry
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
Great performers read remarkable letters from down the centuries and around the world
City of London Symphonia at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
3:00 pm
Sun 01 Dec 2019
3:00 pm | Sun 01 Dec 2019
classical music
literature & poetry
Four writers join City of London Sinfonia to retell stories from One Thousand and One Nights
Four writers join City of London Sinfonia to retell stories from One Thousand and One Nights
David Sedaris, writer
Various times
3 Jun 2020 - 10 Jun 2020
Various times | 3 Jun 2020 - 10 Jun 2020
literature & poetry
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
Get to the heart of the human condition at a live show of the bestselling author’s sardonic wit
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