This Autumn, The London Library will play host to an eclectic and thought-provoking programme of evening events which sees it partner with the Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation, Jewish Book Week and the Mayfair and St James’s Literary Festival, as well as continuing its partnership with The Bloomsbury Institute.

The mix of talks and performances from leading authors, thinkers and musicians including Max Hastings, Kavita Puri, Katherine Williams and Max Porter will take place in The London Library’s panelled and galleried Reading Room, with one event held at The Bloomsbury Institute’s HQ in Bedford Square.

Ticket prices vary from £6 - £20 and most events start at 18.45.

The London Library’s Autumn 2019 Events Programme:

Roger McNamee on Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe, 18 September
A Silicon Valley investor for 35 years, Roger McNamee had early involvement in Facebook as a shareholder and a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg. In conversation with journalist Urmee Khan, he will discuss what he sees as the catastrophic failure of one of the world’s most powerful companies to face up to the damage its platform is doing to our democracy.

Kavita Puri on Partition Voices: Untold British Stories, 25 September
In partnership with The Bloomsbury Institute, award-winning BBC radio producer and broadcaster Kavita Puri will discuss her extraordinary new book, Partition Voices with Nikita Lalwani. Finally breaking the silence of the many people living in Britain, who witnessed the devastating events of Indian partition, Kavita Puri looks at the remarkable first-hand testimonies of South Asians, including her own father, who were once subjects of the British Raj, and are now British citizens.

Michael Peppiatt on The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artists, 15 October
In partnership with The Bloomsbury Institute, author Michael Peppiatt talks to Miranda France about his latest book which is a love letter to Paris and a memoir of a life spent at its bohemian heart. Please note that this event will be held at The Bloomsbury Institute’s headquarters on Bedford Square.

William Feaver on the Lives of Lucian Freud, 24 October
In partnership with Jewish Book Week and Insiders/Outsiders Festival, renowned art critic, William Feaver, discusses the first volume of his landmark new work of biography of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Elizabeth Bishop & Christina Rossetti, 31 October
The work of Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) and Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), two of the finest poets of the 19th and 20th centuries will be brought to life on the 125th and 40th anniversaries of their respective deaths. Actors will perform work by each poet, including Rossetti’s astonishing and aptly spooky ‘Goblin Market’ in its entirety. Cast and directed by Shevaun Wilder in partnership with The Mayfair & St James’s Literary Festival. Please note this event will start at 18.30.

Max Hastings on Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943, 13 November
In partnership with Jewish Book Week, Max Hastings discusses his latest book, a vivid account of Operation Chastise, the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF’s 617 Squadron during the WW2 which was the inspiration behind the classic 1955 movie, The Dambusters. In the 21st century, Hastings urges that we should review this story in more complex detail, looking at the impact it had on the war effort, on the military personnel involved and on the local civilian population.

John O’Connell on Bowie’s Books, 20 November
Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life. Journalist John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays, each offering a perspective on the man, performer and creator that was Bowie, his work as an artist and the era that he lived in.

Oh Mother Where Art Thou?: An evening of music and poetry curated by Max Porter, 28 November
Award-winning novelist and poetry aficionado Max Porter curates and comperes this very special evening of poetry and music, exploring the theme of mothers – what it is to be one and what it is to have one. Performing their work will be a stellar line-up of contemporary poets: Emily Berry, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Rebecca Tamás and Mary-Jean Chan; with a live performance from the most literary of lyricists, Kathryn Williams.


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