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London Literary Festival 09

abstract:This is the 3rd annual London Literary Festival held at the Southbank Centre July 2-16. Enjoy the best in international writing, performance, music and debate this summer. What I like about festivals in the UK is the diversity of participants and the scope of the topics. And of course, it's not all books! When you hang out in London you get to take in some of the greatest museums, galleries and restaurants of the world, too! Be sure to stay at the Berkeley (pronounced Bark-ley) in Knightsbridge, go for a drink at the swanky, newly renovated Coburg Bar at the Connaught in Mayfair, where the bartender makes exquisite cocktails and the patrons are always fun and interesting. Jog or walk through Hyde Park around the Serpentine under the cool of the deciduous forest canopy beside the lake where the Serpentine Gallery is showing renowned contemporary artist Jeff Koons, and for shits & giggles book a reservation on the London Eye, that huge futuristic ferris wheel right next to the Southbank Center, and view the cityscape courtesy of British Airways. Uhoh—sidetracked! Back to books. For the full programme of events visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/londonlitfest. Tickets for the festival are still available and they range from 7-12. Here's a quick line-up of author events to mark on the calendar: Booker Prize winner, ARUNDHATI ROY, author of God of Small Things will headline the festival 2 July in discussion with Shami Chakrabarti on the topic of democracy. BUZZ ALDRIN 4 July On the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. One of the UK's poetry greats, BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH 10 July will be performing new work and favourites. PETER ACKROYD 13 July Peter Ackroyd retells The Canterbury Tales. HANIF KURESHI, DCB PIERRE, KAMILA SHAMSIE & JEANETTE WINTERSON 14 July Come together with original stories.

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June 16, 2009

The School of Life: You Are What You Read

Sunday 5 July 2009, 12pm

What books are you made of and what journeys will your reading take in the future? Get your diagnosis on these intriguing questions at School of Life’s bibliotherapy sessions at the London Literature Festival. With a new book being published every 30 seconds across the world, the School of Life guides you to the books that can transform and illuminate your life, as well as providing an opportunity to meet others in need of a reading fix, during these fun group therapy sessions.

A.L.Kennedy and Adam Thirlwell: Granta a Life in Writing

Thursday 9 July 2009

For 30 years Granta has published the most relevant and best writing of fiction, reportage and memoir.

 

 

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