Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie among many stars
The programme for the 12th London Literature Festival programme has been announced. The festival takes place at the Southbank Centre from 18 to 28 October.
Authors taking part include Akala, Andre Aciman, Yomi Adegoke, Ellah Allfrey, Becky Albertalli, Laura Bates, Mary Beard, Jay Bernard, Melvyn Bragg, Melvin Burgess, Sam Byers, Soraya Chemaly, Sarah Churchwell, Julian Clary and David Roberts, Roger Daltrey, Juno Dawson, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy, Aida Edemariam, Esi Edugyan, Olafur Eliasson, Sally Field, Mohsin Hamid, Melissa Harrison, Terrance Hayes, E Lockhart, Madeline Miller, Robert Muchamore, David Olusoga, Chibundu Onuzo, Sue Perkins, Marilynne Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Samanta Schweblin, Nikesh Shukla, Adam Silvera, Lemn Sissay, Sharlene Teo, Olga Tokarczuk, and Elizabeth Uviebinene.
Ted Hodgkinson, Southbank Centre's head of literature and spoken word, said: "From a celebration of Homer's The Odyssey to an examination of contemporary America, London Literature Festival 2018 invites audiences on a journey across centuries and borders to explore the timeless power of literature to question and reflect on the burning issues of our times. Through live readings and discussions on identity, society, race, gender, travel, home and more, we are thrilled to gather together an incredible array of award-winning literary greats, iconic artists, emerging talent, international writers and leading thinkers to examine issues that have faced our world for millennia and continue to preoccupy us today."