London Literature Festival

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The London Literature Festival once again fills the Southbank Centre with acclaimed authors, poets, speakers and collaborators for a fortnight of wordy events. Celebrating its ninth year in 2015, the festival will include a four day live reading of 'Moby Dick' (Oct 1-4) with unique commissions and surprises to complement the performance (and some reading slots open to the public). 

Other events to look out for include an evening of music and conversation with Sir Tom Jones who celebrates the launch of his first autobiography (Oct 11); the world premiere of 'The Hollow of the Hand', a collaborative book by PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy (Oct 9-10); Terry Gilliam discussing his life, career and creativity (Oct 7); the Young Adult Weekender, which is packed with events for 13-25s (Oct 2-3), and a special celebrity edition of Literary Death Match (Oct 6).

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I've been to the Terry Gilliam's talk, and it was amazing. The whole program of the festival seems amazing and the Royal Festival Hall seems to be the perfect place for this kind of talk: it is big enough – as of course there is a lot of people interested – but still feels intimate. It was also really nice that they were welcoming to hearing impaired people, as there was a sign language interpreter and closed captioning (also helpful for foreign people like me that eventually miss an information or a joke – specially upsetting when the speaker is such a funny person!)