Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival returns for its thirteenth year this October bringing together today’s leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers for 11 days of talks, readings, poetry and performance.

This year’s edition once again opens with Poetry International (17 – 21 Oct), Southbank Centre’s longest-running festival, founded by former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes in 1967, with five days of poetry and performance from more than 40 of today’s leading poets and spoken word artists from across the world. Running throughout the literature festival programme is a series of events Once Upon Our Times exploring contemporary retellings of fairy tales including Angela Carter’sThe Bloody Chamber which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The festival also coincides with Half Term week, offering a packed programme of literary events for the family as well as the return of Young Adult Literature Day. Southbank Centre is also excited to present the first London Literature Festival Writers’ Day in partnership with Creative Future, offering a day of free talks, 1:1 agent advice sessions, an exhibition space and networking opportunities all aimed at under-represented writers.

Highlights include:

·  Lemn Sissay: My Name is Why (QEH, 18 Oct)

·  Jung Chang: Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister (QEH, 19 Oct)

·  Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman: The Good Immigrant USA (QEH, 19 Oct)

·  Poems from the Edge of Extinction (PUR, 19 Oct)

·  The Forward Prizes for Poetry Ceremony (QEH, 20 Oct)

·  Adonis and Khaled Mattawa: A New Divan (QEH, 20 Oct)

·  East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil (QEH, 21 Oct)

·  Bernardine Evaristo & Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (PUR, 21 Oct)

·  Nikki Giovanni in Conversation (RFH, 21 Oct)

·  Heather Morris: The Tattooist of Auschwitz to Cilka’s Journey (RFH, 22 Oct)

·  Elif Shafak & Louise Doughty in Conversation (PUR, 22 Oct)

·  Brett Anderson: Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn (QEH, 23 Oct)

·  Jeffrey Boakye & Nels Abbey in Conversation (QEH, 24 Oct)

·  Eoin Colfer: The Fowl Twins (QEH, 25 Oct)

·  Anthony Daniels: My Life as C-3PO (QEH, 27 Oct)

·  Once Upon Our Times: Fairy Tales Retold (QEH, 27 Oct)

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