A roundup of events from the literary world


  • November
    Poetry International: a Poet's Guide to the Archive

    Dive into 50 years of Poetry International with a new display of archival material and new work, showcased at Southbank Centre Archive Studio and the National Poetry Library. Established in 1967 by Ted Hughes and Patrick Garland, Poetry International aimed to bring together poets as the 'voice of spirit and imagination'. In A Poet's Guide to the Archive, we have displayed rarely seen original material including, letters, correspondence, photographs and of course poems, showcasing snapshots into 50 years of the festival. Archive Studio, Level 2, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10.30am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm Find out more
  • Wednesday 6th Deceber
    How We Hear

    An evening of poetry exploring the connection between the visual and the oral, how sound shapes our relationship with one another and the wider world. The event launches the magazine Magma 69, The Deaf Issue, and includes a panel discussion with poets Ksenia Balabina, Alison Smith, Donna Williams, and editors Lisa Kelly and Raymond Antrobus about BSL poetics and the challenge of translation. National Poetry Library Blue Side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. 8pm Find out more
  • Monday 11th December
    Discussing the British, Foyles Debut Author Showcase

    Take another look at our small island with this showcase of new talent. Join author and former diplomat, Andy Scott, author and journalist Chris Hemmings, writer and social observer, Marion Rankine and Dr Paul Stoker, political historian as they discuss the humble, handshake, what it means to be a British man, the nature of nationalism and the contents of your umbrella stand. Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT. 7pm - 8pm Find out more
  • Monday 11th December
    Polari

    Polari returns to unleash its special brand of festive shimmer this winter. Celebrated for landmark depictions of LGBTQ+ hearts and lives, new and leading writers join curator and host Paul Burston in seasonal havoc and sparkle. Survive this Christmas with Aunty Val, aka poet and comedian VG Lee, and author of the bestselling pamphlet You’re never alone with a pan-fried chicken. Also expect readings from Tony Peake, Susie Boyt, William Parker and Ian Elmslie. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/122088-polari-2017 Find out more
  • Saturday 16th December
    The Testament of Mary

    The author Colm Tóibín discusses writing from the perspective of Mary, mother of Jesus, in his Booker-shortlisted novel The Testament of Mary, which has also been performed as a monologue by Fiona Shaw. Tóibín explores what the experience may have been like for a mother grieving for her son, and why she may have prayed to pagan Gods such as Apollo, who were widely worshipped at the time. Level 5 Function Room, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. 1pm Find out more
  • Monday 18th December
    MIRLive Winter Tales

    Our next event will be held at the atmospheric basement bar of the Harrison, King’s Cross, on Monday December 18th. We are excited to announce that this Christmas special will be headlined by writer Neil Griffiths. If you would like the opportunity to perform your work alongside this successful author, then shape your entries to fit the theme of ‘Winter Tales.’ The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, King’s Cross, WCIH 8JF 7.30pm Find out more
  • Friday 12th January
    MIR14 Live in Manchester

    Join us at the Burgess Foundation to celebrate the versatility and power of the short story, and hear new writing from the latest issue of The Mechanics' Institute Review, published on 25 September, and beyond. Featuring readings by Jenn Ashworth, Julia Bell, Sarah Hegarty and Reshma Ruia. The Burgess Foundation, Manchester. 19:00–21:30 Find out more