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From Greta Thunberg to Nick Cave: what to see at this year’s London Literature Festival
By Alex James Taylor | Art | 27 September 2022

Still, ‘One More Time With Feeling’, 2016 directed by Andrew Dominik

Southbank Centre’s annual London Literature Festival has featured some of the most dynamic and diverse talent around: the likes of Sally Rooney, Kate Mosse, Tracey Thorn and Grayson Perry. Now in its 15th edition, the Festival returns next month with a stellar line-up.

In terms of headliners, Greta Thunberg closes out the Festival on 30th October with the global launch of The Climate Book, an unprecedented call to action that collects the voices of over 100 experts, activists and witnesses, revealing how we can all play a part in securing a safe future for life on Earth. Elsewhere, renowned Aussie musician Nick Cave returns to London for a special in-conversation with journalist Seán O’Hagan, discussing Fath, Hope and Carnage, a new book about Cave’s life created from more than 40 hours of intimate conversations between Cave and O’Hagan.


Comedian and star of Catastrophe Rob Delaney also joins this year’s line-up as part of an exclusive event on the publication day of his new memoir, A Heart That Works, which painfully addresses the death of his one-year-old son Henry, while acclaimed Lincoln in the Bardo author George Saunders celebrates the publication of his new short story collection, Liberation Day, which scratches at society’s wounds with the author’s synonymous wicked humour and brutal commentary.

Alongside these famous faces, the event also hosts topical and critical discussions, including a panel of artists and activists sharing their experiences of conflict, a showcase of exciting new poets and a talk by LGBTQ+ Arab writers, and a lecture by Edward W Said, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The London Literature Festival runs 20th – 30th October, 2022.
See the full London Literature Festival line-up here.

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