London Literature Festival 2012

Critics' choice
© Richard Haughton
Southbank Centre
This festival brings together international, world class poets, authors and speakers representing the spectrum of creative disciplines for more than a week of talks and events. The line-up includes Michael Morpurgo in conversation with biographer Maggie Fergusson (Jul 3 7pm; free), a performance of the play 'Robben Island Bible', which combines extracts of works by Shakespeare with the testimony of prisoners of Robben Island prison, South Africa, who cherished a copy of 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare' that had been smuggled into the prison (Jul 3 7.45pm; £10), 'Shake the Dust' poetry slam (Jul 5-7, various times and prices), 'Asian Bloomsbury', a talk about the influence of Indian artists, writers and publishers on Bloomsbury bohemia in the early twentieth century (Jul 8 noon; £8), 'London in Verse' with Ben Borek, Daljit Nagra, Heather Phillipson and Ahren Warner (Jul 8 7.45pm; £8), 'It's Dark in London', featuring new work by Alexei Sayle, Iain Sinclair and others (Jul 10 8pm; £8), John Pilger on geopolitics today (Jul 10 7.30pm; £10-£14), 'A Passenger's History of the Tube', with Andrew Martin (Jul 11 6.30pm; £8).
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