For all you book worms out there, rejoice because Literature Festival is coming back to London! For 20 whole days, you’ll get to experience first hand exposure to acclaimed authors, poets, speakers.
In short, celebrating it’s 11th year, the festival will include guests/celebrity speakers that you won’t imagine. It’ll include live readings, talks and workshops from the author Philip Pullman, photographer Annie Leibovitz as well as Man Booker Prize nominees. Considering the global predicament regarding issues such as terrorism, racism, threats of nuclear war etc, this years literature festival aims to elaborate on how literature, a simple piece of material can change and alter anyone perspectives on humanity and remind us of the good that comes in the world.
Hanks will be discussing his first collection of fiction, having live readings on Wednesday, 1 November 2017! Introducing his first piece of work, Uncommon Type; “a collection of short stories which explores the human condition and all its foibles, with each story connected by the recurring motif of a typewriter.” What we’ll get to hear is his writing process, the journey he took through this creative exploration, his inspirations and the message he wishes to tell behind his stories.
Tom Hanks, said: “I am delighted to be presenting my first collection of short stories at Literature Festival and am looking forward to reading a sample to the audience in Royal Festival Hall. It’s a privilege to be a part of a festival that features a line-up of living literary greats, and in London, a city that I find inspiring with its own rich history of storytelling.”
Coming all the way from the US, Hillary Clinton gives us the privilege of listening to her discuss her new book, What Happened, which is an autobiographical account describing her experience and journey throughout being the 2016 Democratic Party’s nominee for President of United States election last year. We get to get a first hand viewpoint on her own thoughts and feelings during what’s to be said as bring the most controversial, stressful and unpredictable presidential elections of all time. Her thoughts on being the first women nominee, her views on the rage, sexism, racism, Russian interference, as well as her thoughts on her fellow opponent, Donald Trump will be candidly discussed. This one you definitely don’t want to miss.
Check out other events that have happened in the past here to give you a general idea on what happens in London!