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What do Tom Hanks, Annie Leibovitz and Hillary Clinton all have in common? Well, they’ve both attached their recent literary ventures to the London Literature Festival and have been announced as headline speakers. If this isn’t enough to convince you to visit the temporary literary capital on the Southbank, we’ve rounded up a few of the things that are going on that will surely inspire you to get your cultural fix.
To start with, the festival kicks off with the 50th Poetry International. To end with, Tom Hanks will be professing his love to typewriters once again, reading from his debut short story collection ‘Uncommon Type’. Beyond this, Hillary Clinton comes to promote her book about that election in a talk that explains what really happened. Other highlights include Annie Leibovitz presenting portraits from her ‘Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016’ new book, with Leonard Cohen and Barrack Obama being some of the names featured.
This year’s festival aims to cater for one and all, including everything up to a Young Adult Weekender with blogger, vloggers, novelists and spoken word artists uniting to lead debates. Another instalment not to miss would be a cast of actors re-enacting Nelson Mandela’s ‘Dare Not to Linger: The Presidential Years’ to life. What is more, Jon Snow will conduct a panel discussion following the performance to discuss Mandela’s legacy.
London Literature Festival runs from 13 October to 1 November 2017. For more information and the full line-up: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/london-literature-festival