London Lit fest reveals line-up

<p>Writing from Andrew O&#39;Hagan, Jenny Diski, Bernardine Everisto, Colm Toibin and graphic novelist Alan Morre will all form part of the line-up for this year&#39;s London Literature Fesitval. Taking place from 5th to 19th July, the festival also features the announcements of the Caine Prize for African Writing, The Best of the Booker and the Samuel Johnson Prize.</p><p>Other highlights include the UK premi&egrave;re of &quot;For the Bible Tells Me So&quot;, followed by a discussion between its subject, Bishop Gene Robinson--the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in the US whose In the Eye of the Storm is published by Canterbury Press-- and Ian McKellen; a debate between Tony Benn and David Davis on the meaning of democracy; &quot;Fresh Off The Page&quot;, a series of spoken word and music events; The 2008 Southbank Centre Lecture with cultural theorist Marshall Berman, author of <em>All That Is Solid Melts into Air</em>; and poetry from Wendy Cope, Simon Armitage and Lavinia Greenlaw. </p><p>Rachel Holmes, head of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, said: &ldquo;Irreverent. Edgy. Unexpected. International. This year&#39;s London Literature Festival is the embodiment of London&#39;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.&rdquo;&nbsp; </p>