The London Literature Festival

The View From Here is going to the London Literature Festival

Saturday 5 – Saturday 19 July 2008, Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames.

And we're going to be there.

We have Press Passes and will bring you first hand reports and tell you what it is like going to a Literary Festival.

This is the second year for the London Literature Festival and Rachel Holmes, Head of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, says of the event:

“Irreverent. Edgy. Unexpected. International. This year's London Literature Festival is the embodiment of London's global identity. From comic books to environmentalism. From London Liming to Best of the Booker, the festival offers two weeks of live literature, fun and inspiration at the heart of the city.”

The two events we will be attending are:

The Best of the Booker Prize

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7:45pm, £9

To celebrate the shortlist for The Best of the Booker Prize a distinguished panel of writers champion the novel they think should win, featuring Edna O’Brien on JG Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, Kamila Shamsie on Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Peter Kemp on Pat Barker’s The Ghost Road and Mark Thwaite on JM Coetzee’s Disgrace. The panel read short extracts from the books, followed by their own critical appraisal, and the audience can cast their vote at the end of the evening.

Alan Moore
nd Melinda Gebbie

Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7:45pm, £9

Alan Moore is a seminal figure in the graphic novel genre, and together with wife and collaborator Melinda Gebbie they discuss Lost Girls. This visual presentation is chaired by Roz Kaveney, writer, journalist and author of Superheroes!

And maybe The Lone Ranger would be interested in this:

Best of the Booker Prize Bookcrossing

Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and across Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is an international bookcrossing site, encouraging you to share books by leaving them around the site for others to find. This year, hunt down 100 prize-winning paperbacks from the shortlist of The Best of the Booker Prize. Come down to catch a new book or release your own.

For full listings and details visit:

To purchase tickets for the LONDON LITERATURE FESTIVAL, visit or on telephone 0870 160 2522

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