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A Real Reading Frenzy
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Lovers of literature will love the Southbank Centre this summer. Today is the start of their three and a half month London Literature Festival. There will be live poetry, short plays, lectures, and above all else, two prize-winning reading events, including the 2013 Man International Booker Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction.

Most of the events don't cost much more than 15, and many are free to attend. For example, on 24th May at 5.30pm, the composer, Moss Freed and his band will perform What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?, which is a collaborative album of six musical compositions combined with six short stories. Spin is another free event; aimed at children over five, this poetry workshop will start at 11am on the 25th May, and it'll be led by top-class rappers, poets, and storytellers.

Among the paid for events is Drawing The Story on 26th May at 2pm. For 10, you'll gain insight into the world of the graphic novel as Mary Talbot, Glyn Dillon, and Stephen Collins discuss. Meanwhile, Rachel Rose Reid will take your kids on a magical Fairy Tale Walk around the Southbank Centre, telling stories about talking potatoes in the cafe, and looking for monsters. There will also be other quirky events such as a fun translation workshop for young beginners, and Breakfasting in London with bloggers sharing the breakfast experiences they've had around the capital.
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Why? Fun for book lovers
When: Until 8th Sept
Phone: 44 (0)20 7960 4200
Where: Southbank Centre
Cost: Free - 15
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