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London Literature Festival 2014
Between Tuesday 30 September 2014 - Monday 13 October 2014 the Southbank Centre will hold the London Literature Festival. Often diverse and edgy, the festival involves some of the finest writers and performers, with the likes of Hilary Mantel, Stephen Fry, Alice Oswald, Kate Tempest, John Cooper Clarke, Colm Tóibín and Elif Shafak in the line-up. This year, in memory of the late Maya Angelou, the themes for the festival will focus on freedom, justice and democracy.

Over the two weeks there will be readings of plays, poetry and books, talks and debates and art displays. The range of activities is quite divers, some aimed at adults, some at children, and all aimed at celebrating the world of literature, "optimism of the human spirit and the ability of the arts to celebrate and transform lives".

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Stephen Fry - image from wikipedia

Some of the events are free, and others are ticketed. The diversity of what is going on is reflected in just the first few days (listed below). In total, about 50 different events are scheduled for the duration of the festival. For a full list of what is going on see the Southbank Centre website.

• Tom Phillips: Illuminated Tweets – art display around a digital platform. Tue 9 Sep 2014–Sun 26 Oct 2014, Free
• Forward Prizes for Poetry – Prize giving ceremony introduced by Jeremy Paxman. Tuesday 30 September 2014 – from £10
• Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me – the man himself giving excerpts from his volume of memoirs More Fool Me - Wednesday 1 October 2014, £29.50
• Storyslam Live – bring your own five-minute flash fiction story on the theme of Freedom for an x-factor style reading event - Wednesday 1 October 2014, £8
• I Became Words: Poetry Science and Transformation – readings by three poets who take science and turn it into poetry - Wednesday 1 Oct 2014 8.00pm , Free
Fahrenheit 451 - logo from wikipedia
• National Poetry Day Live – a whole day of poems and performances around the theme of Freedom - Thursday 2 October 2014, Free
• Pity: The Modern Responses to War - premiere of works about the First World War read by Denise Riley, Steve Ely, Warsan Shire and Zaffar Kunial - Thursday 2 October 2014, £10
• Empathy Lab Think-In – a chance to explore how empathy in children can be built through words and stories - Friday 3 October 2014, Free
• Shami Chakrabarti on Liberty - Shami Chakrabarti talks with Jude Kelly about why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and how these have been eroded since 9/11.
• Scratch Mixer – chance to have your own reading or performance of your own work - Friday 3 October 2014, £5
• Jonathan Powell – Talking to Terrorists - Jonathan Powell shares from his experience of 10 years in government followed by working with a Geneva-based NGO negotiating between governments and terrorist groups in Europe, Asia and Africa - Friday 3 October 2014, £10
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Why? Celebration of all things written and spoken
When: Various activities / performances during the days
Phone: 44 (0)20 7960 4200
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: From free to about £30 depending on the event
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