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London Literature Festival | 13-Aug-14

This autumn Southbank Centre celebrates the power of words to change the world for the better. Concentrating on the themes of freedom, justice and democracy, we celebrate the optimism of the human spirit and the ability of the arts to celebrate and transform lives.

At the centre of this year's London Literature Festival is a tribute to poet and writer Maya Angelou who died in May. She believed: 'What you're supposed to do when you don't like something is change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.' The passionate belief that the arts have the power to transform lives, and should be available to all, lies at the heart of everything we do. So come and join us as we welcome some of the world's finest writers, poets and performers: Hilary Mantel, Stephen Fry, Alice Oswald, Kate Tempest, John Cooper Clarke, Colm Tóibín and Elif Shafak.

Southbank Centre celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of William Burroughs with an extravaganza that includes a specially commissioned cantata from Gavin Bryars and contemplate what a life without the power of the printed word might be like in a rehearsed reading of Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451.

There's also been a new poem commissioned by Alice Oswald, the Forward Prize for Poetry 2014, a celebration of the life and work of poet Michael Donaghy, as well as all the celebrations taking place as part of National Poetry Day

The Poetry Library will be exhibiting Tom Phillips' Illuminated Tweets during the London Literature Festival, as well as holding a shared reading of his latest edition of A Humument

Check out all the London Literature Festival events on the Southbank Centre website.

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