Sun, 30 Apr 2023 - Sun, 11 Jun 2023

The London Library Lit Fest Online Pass

The London Library Lit Fest is back with an eclectic, inspiring, thought-provoking array of literary delights, exploring themes of collecting, collections and collectives with conversation, performance, music, art and the finest literary talent around. 

The festival has now taken place, but you can still see all the events online with the London Library Lit Fest Pass until 11th June, 11.30pm.

The pass includes: 

Painting Women Writers   We launch our exhibition of portraits of women writers with a conversation about art, writing and where the lines blur, with the artist, Susanne du Toit, and her sitters Lara Feigel, Juliet Jacques, Sacha Llewellyn and Dreda Say Mitchell. 

The Waste Land; A Double Bill - The Poem & The City   We celebrate TS Eliot's epic poem and the city it inhabits, with an electrifying evening of poetry, performance, dance and music. In Part I, Ben Okri performs the poem, accompanied by dancer Charlotte Jarvis. In Part II, poets Jay Bernard, Will Harris, Sophie Herxheimer, Daljit Nagra, Richard Scott and Hannah Sullivan read their own London poems and their favourites by others, with music from singer songwriter, Polly Paulusma .

Between Two Fires - Sylvia Pankhurst's lost play   Discover the lost play written by Sylvia Pankhurst in prison as it is performed for the first time by actors Michael Gould, Martina Laird, Freya Mavor, Sam Newton and Jamie Sives, in a rehearsed reading directed by Roxana Silbert. The performance is followed by a discussion with Pankhurst’s biographer, Rachel Holmes, her granddaughter Helen Pankhurst, playwright Sonali Bhattacharyya and The London Library archivist Nathalie Belkin. 

The London Library Emerging Writers Programme Showcase    Talent from previous cohorts of the Emerging Writers Programme - Paolo Chianta, Sarah Clegg, Oakley Flanagan, Natasha Hastings, Sid Sagar and Esohe Uwadiae showcase their now published work.

Anthology; Encyclopaedia; Index: a cultural history of collation   Simon Garfield, Dennis Duncan, Clare Bucknell and Rishi Dastidar discuss anthologies, encyclopaedias and indexes and reveal the astonishing cultural and political histories of information gathering. 

Silence in the Library, the Revolution   As women rise up across the globe, novelists Carole Hailey and Ayisha Malik speak to Claire Berliner (replacing Yassmin Abdel-Magied) about their new novels exploring gender, silence, movements and revolution. 

5x15: Science & Miscellaneous   In partnership with 5x15, we celebrate The London Library's gloriously eccentric Science & Miscellaneous secton. Five speakers, all London Library members each choose a shelfmark and riff on it for 15 minutes, including Danny Leigh on ‘Typewriters’, Kate Summerscale on ‘Fear’, Inua Ellams on ‘Music’, Margy Kinmonth on ‘War & Peace’ and Philip Norman on ‘Press.’

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Fondation Jan Michalski. 

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