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January 23rd, 2017 | by

Stellar literary line-up for 2017

Southbank Centre has announced its full Spring Literature programme, with exclusive events, panel debates, live readings, keynotes and workshops featuring a stellar line-up of leading British and international writers and thinkers.

Alongside two of Britain’s greatest science writers, Professor Brian Cox a​nd Professor Stephen Hawking​, Southbank Centre announces award-winning author Neil Gaiman ​to join the spring season programme, with a discussion on his new book, Norse Mythology (15 February). As part of Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration of Nordic culture in 2017, Nordic Matters, Gaiman joins top Nordic authors including Sjón and Anu Partanen​. International writers are further celebrated in a new collaboration with Karachi Literature Festival​ which makes its UK debut​ at Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy, celebrating the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s formation (20 May).

Further highlights of Southbank Centre’s Spring Literature programme include:

● Professor Stephen Hawking​ is joined in Southbank Centre’s year-long festival Belief and Beyond Belief by writers and thinkers including Elif Şafak​, Mona Siddiqui OBE, Richard Holloway​ and more in a series of talks and debates on what 1 it means to be human in the 21st century. The festival also includes a special live reading to mark the 70th anniversary of Primo Levi’s If This is a Man with AL Kennedy​ and Philippe Sands QC​ (16 January - December).

● Southbank Centre’s ​Imagine Children’s Festival features top children’s authors from the UK and Nordic region including Julian Clary,​ Þórarinn Eldjárn, Sir Chris Hoy​, Michael Morpurgo​, Chris Riddell ​and more (9 - 19 February)

● Poet and founder of Octavia Poetry Collective,​ Rachel Long l​eads a new series of workshops ‘Telling Her Story’ for women of colour (October 2016 - March 2017)

● London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon, Polari​, returns to Southbank Centre for its 10th year and features events with award-winning writer Stella Duffy ​(27 January), American author and journalist Tim Murphy ​(24 February), and writer and filmmaker Paula Varjack (8​ March)

● A broad range of free events ​at Southbank Centre’s Poetry Library

See Southbank Centre's full programme of literature events here.