Niffenegger, Everett, Cocker at London Literature Festival

Niffenegger, Everett, Cocker at London Literature Festival

Author Audrey Niffenegger, actor Rupert Everett and musician Jarvis Cocker are to take part in this year’s London Literature Festival.

The seventh annual festival takes place at the Southbank Centre from 20th May to 5th June 2013.

Niffenegger will introduce her new novel The Raven Girl, which she has adapted into a ballet for the Royal Opera House with Wayne McGregor; Everett will discuss his memoirs; and Cocker will debate what it means to be famous.

Other highlights include a poetry “extravaganza” including an event with over 40 performers reading the original manuscript of Sylvia Plath’s collection Ariel; Claire Tomalin fronting five special lectures about the art of biography; and a series of events celebrating the city, including Richard Sennett and China Mièville.

The six shortlisted authors for the Women’s Prize for Fiction will also read and discuss their work.

James Runcie, Southbank Centre’s head of literature and spoken wordsaid: “It’s an honour to be able to programme the London Literature Festival because it is unlike any other festival in the UK . . . Our aim is to invite the most interesting writers and speakers we know and then ask people to join them in a series of events that ask who we are and what it means to be alive. Roll on May! ”