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Talk London Literature Festival: Letters of Sylvia Plath: 1946-56

London Literature Festival: Letters of Sylvia Plath: 1946-56

Key facts

Genre: Talk with live subtitling


Hear a selection of newly published letters by one of the defining poets of the 20th century, Sylvia Plath, in this live reading.

Ranging from the personal to the literary, Plath’s letters – most of which have never been seen before – offer insights into the genesis of an extraordinary writer, and the details of a life that helped to shape an iconic sensibility.

Refreshingly candid about her personal life, and written with inimitable wit and verve, these early letters from the first volume of her collected correspondence range from key moments in Plath’s adolescence; her successful but turbulent undergraduate years at Smith College; the move to England and Cambridge University; and her meeting and marrying Ted Hughes, including unseen letters post-honeymoon, revealing their extraordinary creative partnership.

From acceptance of her work, to dealing with rejection, Plath’s letters chart the early days of a writer establishing her voice.

A cast of readers featuring leading actors, authors and Plath experts presents the words of a writer who continues to captivate each new generation.



Booking details

This event will have live subtitles. To join the Southbank Centre's free Access List email accesslist@southbankcentre.co.uk or call their Ticket Office on 020 7960 4200. Tickets range from £15-£35. Booking fee: £2.50 (Members: £0.00). Concessions: 50% off (limited availability). The best seats for viewing the live subtitles are usually halfway back in the stalls.


Event details

Sun 29 Oct 2017, 7:30pm

Live subtitling

Venue details

Royal Festival Hall (Plath)
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

Phone: 020 7960 4200 (Ticket Office)

Email: accesslist@southbankcentre.co.uk

Website: Royal Festival Hall (Plath)

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