Been missing your friends over the last year? You’re not alone. London Literature Festival is back IRL this October following last year’s live-streamed version, with a ten-day festival of talks, performances and special events themed around friendship. Literary stars of every flavour will chat about what friendship means to them at special talks and panel events, which this week include a discussion between rising stars Caleb Azumah Nelson, Vanessa Onwuemezi and Naomi Ishiguro (daughter of Kazuo) and ‘Queenie’ author Candice Carty-Williams sitting down with journalist Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff to talk about her new YA novel ‘Empress & Aniya’. And after the success of the Southbank Centre’s recent digital season, many of the festival’s events will be able to be viewed via livestreams as well as in-person: check the website for full info.
Yes, the temperature might be dropping. Yes, the city might be running a little low on petrol. And sure, you’ll probably not manage to get an Uber instead. But that’s no excuse to stay indoors this week. Because despite all that, there’s a hell of a lot of cracking stuff happening in London over the next seven days.
When it comes to art happenings, you’re spoilt for choice this week, with not one but two massive art fairs in town. Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park with a five day showcase from leading contemporary galleries and artists, while the Other Art Fair offer loads of art at far more affordable prices for burgeoning collectors.
And they’re not the only big cultural events happening this week. There’s also City Lit’s Mental Wealth Festival, a week-long programme of activities centred around mental wellbeing. Or you could make like the Bloomsbury Set and head to WC1 to soak up some culture at the Bloomsbury Festival, a jam-packed programme of talks, tours, drop-in sessions and installations around the area.
If big name theatre is what you’re after, head to the Royal Court to catch Caryl Churchill’s zippy new short play ‘What If If Only’, or grab a ticket to ‘The Mirror and the Light’, the final part of the stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ trilogy, which packs a whole lot in to its two and a half hour run time.
And that’s not all by a long stretch. This might be the most jam-packed week of fun London has seen in a long while. So get out there and enjoy it!
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