From The Tattooist of Auschwitz to Cilka's Journey
22 October | 7:30PM
Heather Morris unpacks the story of Cilka Klein in her next book, and is ready to share it at the London Literature Festival. Tattooist Lale Sokolov, protagonist of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, told Morris that Cilka was ‘the bravest person’ he had ever met. Cilka’s Journey, the author’s next installment, pens the story of this teenage girl who saved his life. According to Morris, ‘people want to know what happened to Cilka’. If you're among them, now's your chance to find out.
Nikki Giovanni in Conversation
21 October | 7:30PM
Her work is rooted in oral tradition, her name featured on Oprah Winfrey's list of 25 Living Legends, and this autumn, she’s in conversation with London. As high profile as other bigwigs at Southbank Centre this autumn, Nikki Giovanni is one of America’s foremost poets, not to mention a commentator, activist and educator. At the Literature Festival this year, she’ll be discussing her incredibly rich life, work and activism, sharing reflections on everything from race to politics and motherhood to loneliness. Giovanni stands for the power of literature in society, a message close to the festival’s heart.
Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman: The Good Immigrant USA
19 October | 7:30PM
Nikesh Shukla, who compiled the ground-breaking Good Immigrant, and Chimene Suleyman, editor of this year’s Good Immigrant USA, will engage in transatlantic conversation for the London Literature Festival. Their essay collections document the experience of first- and second-generation immigrants in countries that pretend acceptance, but proffer rejection. Provocative, witty and sad, they track BAME identity, language and belonging on both sides of the sea. This is what it’s like to be ‘other’ in your own country.
Jeffrey Boakye & Nels Abbey in Conversation
24 October | 7:30PM
At this event, contemporary British culture is placed under the microscope courtesy of writers and cultural commentators Jeffrey Boakye and Nels Abbey. Sit back for titbits on the link between Blair and the rise of grime, the correct office response to ‘bants’ and getting the ‘gap yah’ travel bug. With behind-the-scenes intel on Britain’s culture, attitudes and roots, this evening looks set to provide witty, sardonic commentary on why things are the way they are.
East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil
21 October | 7:30PM
If you were fascinated by The Reader, this performance is a must. International human rights lawyer Phillipe Sands’ 2016 non-fiction book about the Nuremberg trials impressed on release. Now the partly staged reading of the book is being shown at Southbank Centre. Narrated by Sands himself, this performance of East West Street precedes the release of The Ratline, the book’s sequel. It focuses in on three individuals from the trials, among them Hitler’s lawyer Hans Frank. Unpacking the terms ‘genocide’ and ‘crime against humanity’, it unearths the fight for justice after the black hole of the twentieth century.
Once Upon Our Times: Fairy Tales Retold
27 October | 2PM
Fairy tales have been worked and reworked for hundreds of years, and they’re always telling us new things about the world we live in. At the Literature Festival this year, five will reach new ears. From Salman Rushdie’s take on a tale from Arabian Nights, to Marlon James’ twisty African folklore, this live reading (accompanied by actors and musicians) will share the works of five celebrated authors spanning several cultures. Specially commissioned stories by Daisy Johnson and Sharlene Teo will also draw on English and Singaporean heritage. These timeless tales twist and turn with every fresh retelling, and still deserve to be heard.
|What||London Literature Festival 2019, Southbank Centre|
|Where||Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
17 Oct 19 – 27 Oct 19, times vary
|Website||Click here for more information|