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 and 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 leads 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