London Literature Festival ǀ 28th September – 12th October

booksThe London Literature Festival returns to the Southbank Centre this autumn, bringing with it authors, speakers, high-profile writers and literary fans alike.

The festival is described as a ‘laboratory of science, technology and art, fused together by the written and spoken work.’ During the two weeks there will be a variety of events including readings, debates, live performances and even literary cocktail hours.

Terry Gilliam is just one of the special guests that are featuring at the festival. A leading member of Monty Python (alongside John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Eric Idle), Gilliam is known for his cinematic and literary works. Appearing on the 7th October, the festival is offering the chance to get inside Gilliam’s head – as he talks through his many inspirations, alongside BBC arts editor Will Gompertz.

Also not to be missed is the Literary Death Match on 6th October, described as part literary event, part gameshow, and part comedy. The event features four writers, who will be whittled down to two, critiqued by three celebrity judges in a gripping read-off.

Other highlights include a four day performed reading of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, featuring the author’s great-great-great granddaughter; Sir Tom Jones will be celebrating the release of his first autobiography, including live music and interviews; and the premiere of PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy’s collaboration, The Hollow of the Hand. There are also a number of free events that are not to be missed.

The festival will be opened and finished with two literary prizes – the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2015 and the 2015 Man Booker Prize Readings.

The London Literature Festival is now in its ninth year and celebrates some of the best new writing, including poetry, fiction and essays.

To find out more and book tickets to any of the events, click here.

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