Pullman to present first Book of Dust at Southbank's London Literature Festival

Pullman to present first Book of Dust at Southbank's London Literature Festival

Philip Pullman is presenting La Belle Sauvage in "an exclusive event" as part of The Southbank Centre's Nordic-themed London Literature Festival which explores ‘World on the Brink’.

The author will present the first in the Book of Dust series (published by Penguin Random House and David Fickling Books) on 19th October, with Karl Ove Knausgård’s presenting his book Autumn (Harvill Secker) on 23rd October. Other writers including Meg Rosoff, David Mitchell and Tracy Chevalier are also appearing at the 20-day festival as part of its expanded line-up.

For the first time in its 11 years, the event opens with Poetry International, the biennial festival founded in 1967 by Ted Hughes. Spearheading the ‘World on the Brink’ theme, there will be a celebration of Nordic literature, to tie in with Southbank Centre's year-long programme Nordic Matters.

The Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library will launch the Endangered Poetry Project, a major campaign to collect poems in endangered languages, with poets such as Caroline Bergvall and Anne Carson will appear from 13th to 15th October.

Ted Hodgkinson, senior programmer of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, said: “In a world increasingly caught between extremes - from political upheavals to the reality of a changing climate - Southbank Centre is thrilled to present a programme of incredible writers and events to reflect upon the role literature can play in reimagining our relationship to the planet, ourselves and each other.”

He added: “From Poetry International, where we look back at 50 years of some of the world’s greatest poetry and forward to rescuing our world’s most endangered languages, to a celebration of Nordic writers who are deeply attuned to the challenges of the present, [this event] promises to share insights into what it means to be alive today and who we might become tomorrow.”

Tickets are on sale to Southbank Centre Members on 4th July and to the general public the following day unless otherwise stated in the listings. For more information call 020 7960 4200 or visit southbankcentre.co.uk.