The Best Talks in London this Autumn
From our round up of unmissable talks and lectures this Autumn
The Art of Scent, Lutyens & Rubinstein
Elizabeth Gilbert, how to: Academy
The luminous, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love has helped women across the world overcome heartbreak and fear. This year, she gives the world her latest book BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear: a bible for all those who feel creatively stifled. British journalist, broadcaster and comedian Viv Groskop will be on hand to discuss the book with Gilbert, so you can expect an evening of laughter as well as light.
Think 5x15 but hipper and more hush-hush. The Lost Lectures are a series of underground events, that play on the idea of lectures. Six experts and innovators are invited to five a twelve minute lecture; speakers could be anyone from astronauts to beekeepers to chiropractors. Book now: these sell out quick.
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Hilary Mantel in Conversation
On 3 December, Mantel will discuss her hero, Thomas Cromwell, around whom she built her outstanding trilogy Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies (which both won a booker) and the forthcomingThe Mirror Of The Light Diarmaid MacCulloch, the Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. Book now, as two of our most outstanding historical minds will together summon one of history's most elusive character's to the present day and into the light.
London Literature Festival
The ninth London Literature Festival will bring a wealth of talks, comedy, music and readings to the Southbank Centre this autumn. The festival is bookended by two of the biggest events in the literary calendar; the Man Booker Prize readings and the Forward Prize For Poetry. But there's plenty of hot literary action in between, including talks from musician P J Harvey, Terry Gilliam, Ali Smith, a reading of Moby Dick.