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London Literature Festival

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Royal Festival Hall

Back for 2014, the London Literature Festival brings together an international line-up of worldclass poets, authors and speakers to celebrate the power of words and their ability to transform lives. This year's liberty-themed festival focusses on justice, freedom and democracy, and acts as a tribute to the late Maya Angelou.

Highlights include poet Alice Oswald's premier of 'Tithonus-46 Minutes in the Life of Dawn'; a piece by experimental musicians Gavin Bryars and Richard Strange celebrating the centenary of William S Burroughs’ birth, and readings and talks from the likes of Hilary Mantel, Stephen Fry, John Cooper Clarke, Kate Tempest and Martin Parr.

Shami Chakrabarti leads the 'liberty' strand of the festival, joining Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, to discuss the future of democracy. And National Poetry Day Live sees young poetry producers curate an afternoon of events as well as a night showcasing work commissioned by The Poetry Society and inspired by the First World War. For the full line-up, visit the Southbank website.

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