London Literature Festival
We're all over the return of London Literature Festival, as this year's lineup is especially juicy. Seems like everyone's an author these days - Hillary Clinton, Tom Hanks, Annie Leibovitz - and they're all descending on the Southbank Centre for a very bookish few weeks of talks, discussions, and readings. The festival is bigger than ever this year, with a special programme dedicated to poetry and another spotlighting Nordic writers. Some standout events include a reading by radically candid author Karl Ove Knausgaard from his new novel, Autumn, on the 23rd ; a showcase of emerging UK Black and Asian poets on the 15th; a spoken word performance by British-Somali women poets on the 24th; readings by Man Booker Prize nominees on the 16th; and tons more prosey goodness for you to dip your proverbial quill into.
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