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London Literature Festival - Everything you need to Know

The annual London Literature festival is back and this year promises to be a special one with some of the biggest literary figures on the planet making an appearance combined with the heavy hitters of the publishing industry. Don’t miss the 50th anniversary of the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival, book reading by Tom Hanks and the release of the sequel to Nelson Mandela’s autobiography.

The annual London Literature festival will be taking place this year from 13th October to 1st November at the Southbank centre. Every year, tickets sell out fast so be prepared to act fast when they go on sale.

One of the biggest pieces of news from the festival was the announcement that Tom Hanks will make an appearance to read from his collection of short stories titled ‘Uncommon Type’ which explores his love of type writers as well as the human condition in general.

The 2017 festival will also see some of the finest authors of the literary world such as Philip Pullman, Rebecca Solnit (who coined the term ‘mansplaining’) and Karl Ove Knausgard. Famous photographer Annie Leibovitz will also be showcasing her work including portraits of Barack Obama and Leonard Cohen.

The winner of the Booker prize will also make an appearance at the festival and nominees include heavy hitters such as Arundhati Roy, Zadie Smith, George Saunders, Ali Smith, Fiona Mozley and Paul Auster.

The poetry festival was founded by Ted Hughes 50 years ago and in a first, the poetry festival will open the literature festival. The festival will also see the launch of the Endangered Poetry Project which aims to collect poems in various languages.

British-Somali poets including Asha Lul Mohammud Yusuf and Amaal Said will perform live readings of their work to explore themes surrounding nature, migration and womanhood.

Fans of Nelson Mandela can get their hands on the sequel to his first book which was titled ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. The sequel is titled ‘Dare Not Linger’.

An interesting feature of this year’s event is the large-scale installation which will be a projection of dreams from refugee communities onto the exterior of the Royal Festival Hall.

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