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London Literature Festival

Featuring Tom Hanks, Philip Pullman, Annie Leibovitz and a live reading of Nelson Mandela's memoirs, this year sees a specially expanded edition of the festival, exploring how literature and poetry can remind us of our shared humanity in a world on the brink.

Also featuring this year, in her only London appearance, Hillary Rodham Clinton joins the line-up of London Literature Festival on Sunday 15 October.

Hilary Clinton at London Literature Festival

The festival opens with the 50th anniversary of Poetry International, as established and emerging poets transport audiences across the globe.

Throughout the festival, writers from the North join British contemporaries as part of our Nordic Matters series, with the middle weekend dedicated to showcasing the brightest talents from across the region.

In the final week, there'll be family-friendly events to coincide with half-term, culminating in the return of Young Adult Literature Weekender.

From major authors including Philip Pullman in conversation in Royal Festival Hall to a host of free programming, Southbank Centre's programme of events come in all shapes and sizes, and offer timely insights into the power of literature.

Discover Southbank Centre


There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

Whereis it

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX