Every word counts

Stagetext at The London Literature Festival

Now in its twelfth year, Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival brings together today’s leading writers, thinkers and cultural observers to explore the burning issues of our times.

This year we are live subtitling at 10 events accross the festival. So join a journey across centuries and borders to celebrate the power of literature to reflect on the world in which we live. 



Roger Daltrey
Thu 18 Oct 2018, 7:30pm
Royal Festival Hall

Hear the inside story of the rise of British rock from the Who’s Roger Daltrey on the publication day of his highly anticipated memoir.



Sally Field
Fri 19 Oct 2018, 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Field reveals how she discovered her craft and used it to escape her early life and become an actor of remarkable range.



Marilynne Robinson
Sat 20 Oct 2018, 2:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall

US novelist reflects on hope and generosity in tumultuous times in her latest book, What Are We Doing Here?



Carol Ann Duffy

Sat 20 Oct 2018, 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall

On the publication of her final collection as poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy appears at Southbank Centre’s reading with friends.



Akala and David Olusoga
Sat 20 Oct 2018, 8:00pm
Royal Festival Hall

Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations at a conversation between award-winning poet Akala and historian David Olusoga.



An Introduction to Odyssey
Sun 21 Oct 2018, 2:00pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Who is Odysseus? Why can't he get home? And will the gods help or hinder his journey? Find out from our panel, chaired by cult classicist Mary Beard.



Salmon Rushdie

Tue 23 Oct 2018, 7:30pm
Royal Festival Hall

The celebrated author of compulsive, daring and enduring fiction, Sir Salman Rushdie, on his life in writing and his latest novel, The Golden House.



Olafur Eliasson

Fri 26 Oct 2018, 7:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall

In a talk about his work and themes, the Danish-Icelandic artist opens a window onto his practice and asks how art can create change.



Soraya Chemaly
& Laura Bates

Sat 27 Oct 2018, 7:45pm
Purcell Hall

A discussion between US and UK feminist activists Soraya Chemaly and Laura Bates on the power of rage in the fight against misogyny.



Sue Perkins
Sun 28 Oct 2018, 7:30pm
Royal Festival Hall

Enjoy a rare chance to share an evening with Sue Perkins, packed full of crackling wit and dubious puns and join her legendary Q&A session.



Full details about the festival can be found on the London Literature Festival website.


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