London Literature Festival 2021

Candice Carty-Williams - credit Ekua King

Candice Carty-Williams – credit Ekua King

Following a year’s hiatus, London Literature Festival hosted by the South Bank Centre is returning from 21st to 31st October 2021, with literary events exploring what friendship truly means in our current times.

“In response to the isolation we’ve all endured, London Literature Festival creates space for a timely conversation about contemporary friendship, while our autumn season offers unmissable encounters with the writers and artists shaping our cultural life,” says Ted Hodgkinson, the Southbank Centre’s Head of Literature and Spoken Word. “Truly an exceptional programme for exceptional times.”

Exclusive events include Caleb Azumah Nelson, Vanessa Onwuemezi and Naomi Ishiguro on 21st October, reflecting on the complexities of contemporary friendships forged in London. Also on 21st October, catch a London exclusive appearance from neuroscientist Anil Seth. Candice Carty-Williams (pictured top), author of Queenie, will talk to Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff about her debut YA novel and the value of true friends on 23rd October, while on 24th October novelist Tahmima Anam and essayist Roisin Kiberd will scrutinise friendship and disconnection in the age of social media, in an event chaired by Jenny Kleeman.

On Sat 30th October, novelist Kate Mosse will chair An Extra Pair of Hands, an event focusing on experiences of the NHS and the friendships formed between carer and patient, with children’s author and poet Michael Rosen, award-winning poet and specialist nurse practitioner Romalyn Ante and writer and former nurse Christie Watson.

Don’t miss bestselling picture book maker Oliver Jeffers discussing his new picture book, There’s a Ghost in This House, on 31st October in a family friendly free event.

alchemymay23. Credit Belinda Lawley

Credit Belinda Lawley

In short, have your imagination thoroughly stirred.

For the full programme, visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk.

All images supplied by the South Bank Centre.