The Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival will feature leading authors, poets, artists and musicians when it returns this September 

The Southbank Centre will welcome it’s ninth Literature Festival on Monday 28 September and the line-up this year is set to be better than ever. The programme includes talks with special guests, mass readings, debates, literary cocktail hours and workshops for young writers. Here are five events not to miss out on:

1. In conversation with Sir Tom Jones, 11 October

The Royal Festival Hall will host an evening with the musician as he launches his first autobiography, Over the Top and Back. BBC 6 Music presenter Matt Everitt will quiz Sir Tom on his stories behind the hits and life in spotlight. Of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without a performance from the singer. Tom will take to the stage to sing a number of tracks from the accompanying soundtrack album to the book, Long Lost Suitcase. Tickets, from £35 – £50, will go on sale on 11 September at southbankcentre.co.uk

 2. The Hollow of the Hand, by PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy, 9 and 10 October


Tom Jones will discuss his autobiography

The festival will unveil The Hollow of the Hand, a collaborative book by Grammy Award-winning winning PJ Harvey and celebrated photographer Seamus Murphy. During the evening, Harvey will read poetry and perform new songs while Murphy will present a short film. Tickets are £30 – £35 and can be booked at southbankcentre.co.uk

4. Inside the head of Terry Gilliam, 7 October

To mark Canongate’s publication of his visual memoir Gilliamesque, BBC arts editor Will Gompertz will chat to screenwriter, actor and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam about creativity, inspiration and imagination. The conversation will draw on Gilliam’s influences, from the Bible and Grimms’ Fairy Tales to Mad Magazine and the films of Powell and Pressburger. Tickets, from £17.50 – £30, can be booked at southbankcentre.co.uk

4.  2015 Man Booker Prize Readings, 12 October

Join host Mariella Frostrup at the Royal Festival Hall and meet this year’s Man Booker-nominated authors on the eve of the main event. The longlist of 13 writers includes Bill Clegg, ‘Did You Ever Have a Family’, Anne Enright, ‘The Green Road’ and Marlon James, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’. Look out for the final shortlist, chosen by the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which will be announced on 15 September. Tickets, from £10 – 20, are available at southbankcentre.co.uk

 5. Pop-up talks, throughout the festival


A jam-packed Royal Festival Hall

Like your literature in short-bursts? Don’t miss these free 30 minute readings with authors including
Jami Attenberg, John Lyons, Andrew Grimson, Philip Cowell, Tamara Russell and Lucy Caldwell. The talks will take place throughout the festival on the level 2 foyers at the Royal Festival Hall.

London Literature Festival will take place from Monday 28 September 2015 – Monday 12 October 2015, southbankcentre.co.uk

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