Christmas is over and there is nothing to enjoy about winter anymore. But don't despair, there is something to pick you up out of those post-Christmas blues, as the Southbank Centre lauds 'humanity's power to endure and celebrates that which survives.'
Between 12th January - 31st March, their Literature and Spoken Word Season looks towards spring and the life that comes with it. There will be a mix of conversation, debate, poetry slams, dramatized readings, and spoken word performances.
Spring is all about new life, and so what better way to look towards the future than by honouring and paying tribute to young talent and fresh ideas?
Highlights of the reason include a lively hip-hop performance of William Shakespeare's Richard II, and a discussion about the playwright's Enduring Legacy. Lavinia Greenlaw also adds a twist to a classic Greek myth; The Deepest Sorrow is inspired by the first line of Chaucer's poem Troilus and Criseyde, which is about a tragic Trojan love affair.
See old become new when the poet, Kate Tempest recites an epic tale of modern day gods to lively music in Brand New Ancients.
New writers are encouraged to become the novelists of tomorrow in a series of writing workshops that challenges you to write a Novel in a Year, while Tamar Yoseloff runs a poetry course. In the mean time, the TS Eliot Prize will give a poetry reading of shortlisted entries, hosted by Sir Ian McMillan, and judged by Ian Duhig, Vicki Feaver, and Imtiaz Dharker.