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London Literature Festival 2019


  • Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London, England, SE1 United Kingdom (map)

London Literature Festival coincides with Half Term week and features a packed programme of literary events and performances for all the family, including a range of daily free events, exploring fairy tales and folklore from different cultures.

The week culminates in Young Adult Literature Day, back by popular demand for a fifth year, seeing the best writers of YA fiction present new work.

London Literature Festival presents a broad range of family events including a brand new take on an old Russian folktale Baba Yaga coming direct from critically acclaimed seasons at the 2018 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and 2019 Adelaide Festival.

(c) Sia Duff

(c) Sia Duff

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents which brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale I Believe in Unicorns to life.

In a London exclusive, global bestselling author of Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer introduces a blockbusting new spin-off series, The Fowl Twins and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Porock offers an interactive tour through the solar system.

In addition, daily free activities on Royal Festival Hall’s Clore Ballroom explore fairy tales and folklore from different cultures through storytelling and music including a fairy tale trail.

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Participatory creative activities include story-inventing, dance workshops and craft sessions with mini residencies from ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, African Activities and Patchlarks amongst others.

Not all events at the Festival are free and some must be booked in advance. More info here.

Earlier Event: 11 October
Live at Lunch
Later Event: 18 October
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