Southbank Centre Announces Spring 2019 Literature Season Programme


Ten days ahead of its twelfth London Literature Festival (18-28 October 2018), Southbank Centre today announces its Spring 2019 literature programme featuring a packed programme of events taking place during January-March 2019 across its 17-acre site.

The spring season marks the start of Southbank Centre’s 2019 literature programme and encompasses exclusive in-conversation discussions with award-winning authors, specially-commissioned live readings and performance, an expanded series of new writing courses, exhibitions, prizes, and the launch of a new poetry initiative, National Poetry Library Lates.

Highlights include:

  • world exclusive event with Max Porter featuring a specially-commissioned dramatic live reading of scenes from his new novel, Lanny (28 Feb)
  • UK exclusive appearance from Leïla Slimani, author of the bestselling Lullaby, discussing her new novel, Adèle (4 Feb)
  • Man Booker Prize winning author Marlon James launching the first in his new Dark Star trilogy Black Leopard, Red Wolf, in a London exclusive event (25 Feb)
  • Award-winning author of The Hate U Give Angie Thomas presenting her second novel, On the Come Up in a London exclusive event (12 Mar)
  • London exclusive appearance from Mexican award-winning author Valeria Luiselli who discusses her new novel Lost Children Archive (19 Mar)
  • Launch of National Poetry Library Lates, a new regular late night poetry salon in the recently refurbished Hayward Gallery Cafe the first of which features poets Hannah Lowe and MacGillivray (27 Feb)
  • Robert Macfarlane making an exclusive appearance to introduce Spell Songs, a series of new musical commissions performed by leading folk artists based on his book The Lost Words (12 Feb)
  • The annual T.S. Eliot Prize readings, showcasing the poets shortlisted for the 2018 prize (13 Jan)
  • The return of Polari, London’s leading LGBTQ+ literary salon featuring Julie Cohen and VG Lee (28 Jan & 15 Feb)
  • New 6 week spring courses in poetry and short story writing
  • Imagine Children’s Festival returning for its 18th year (13-24 Feb)

Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre said: “We start the year as we mean to go on, by pushing the boundaries of literature with an innovative Spring 2019 Literature Season featuring new initiatives, world exclusive events, cross-artform performances and a stellar line-up of award-winning international writers and poets. From first glimpses of highly anticipated new books by pioneers of the novel, including Marlon James, Leïla Slimani, Valeria Luiselli and Angie Thomas, to our brand new National Poetry Library Lates series in partnership with our Hayward Gallery, and an exclusive dramatic live reading of scenes from Max Porter’s new novel, this is a season packed with one-off, revelatory experiences. Alongside this we see the return of annual and seasonal favourites including Polari, the TS Eliot Prize Readings and Imagine Children’s Festival providing something for all literature lovers.”

Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre Members on Tuesday 9 October and to the General Public on Wednesday 10 October, with the exception of Imagine Children’s Festival which will go on sale at a later date. Further programme detail below.

The 2019 Spring Season follows a successful year of literature at Southbank Centre in 2018 featuring popular events with Matt Haig, Khaled Hosseini, Caitlin Moran, Margo Jefferson, Gordon Brown and more as well as upcoming appearances from Barbara Kingsolver, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Roxane Gay and the twelfth London Literature Festival.

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