South Bank London

What's On at London Literature Festival

23 rd August 2023

Now in its 16th edition, the longest-running literature festival in London returns to Southbank Centre from 18-29 October.

Uniting readers of every age to celebrate the written and spoken word, the London Literature Festival sets prestigious authors alongside rising literary stars and cultural observers in a packed twelve-day programme that features more than 60 different events!

Here's a look at what to expect from this year's festival.

New novels by global stars

Celebrated novelist, photographer and critic Teju Cole presents his latest novel Tremor, Dylan Thomas Prize-winning author Brian Washington presents his new novel Family Meal and Ian Rankin discusses his new thriller The Rise.

Literature for children

The London Literature Festival coincides with the October half-term and there are plenty of events for families.

Major highlights include an appearance by the iconic Jacqueline Wilson presenting her latest work The Best Sleepover in the World. Bestselling author Zeb Soanes narrates his magical story for children, Fred and the Fantastic Tub Tub with live music by the Orpheus Sinfonia and Jeffrey Boakye introduces his fun new adventure Kofi and the Rap Battle Summer.

Hollywood memoirs

This year several major Hollywood stars will be attending the festival to talk about their brand new memoirs. Look out for book presentations by stars including Kerry Washington, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

Black British Book Festival

Founded by Selina Brown in 2021, this festival lauds the work of Black British authors across all genres and provides a platform for up-and-coming writers.

Championing emerging talent and striving to create an open platform that banishes barriers to entry to the literary world, the festival programme includes numerous free events such as workshops, talks and panel discussions.

Poetry and spoken word

This year's numerous poetry programme highlights including an opening night of spoken word performances by poets from across London curated by the phenomenal George the Poet and a 70th birthday party celebration presented by the National Poetry Library.


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