Opening with the 50th Anniversary of Poetry International and featuring major international voices- including Tom Hanks and Hillary Rodham Clinton- bloggers, vloggers and many more, this year sees a magnificent edition of London literature Festival.
The Southbank Centre hosts multiple concerts, gigs and exhibitions all year round, London Literature Festival being one of them. The hub for cultural fests boasts multiple venues within itself and glamourises the outdoor spaces along the riverfront to feature art and set up food stalls.
London Literature Festival unveiled on 13 October this year and will witness live readings from Tom Hanks on 1 November as the festival reaches its closing day.
Among other big events, the weekend of 28-29 October marked the Young Adult Literature Weekender. The event opened with a talk on: “What is Truth?”, chaired by Chelsey Pippin- writer, blogger and commissioning editor at BuzzFeed UK. The opening day also witnessed Hannah Witton- a sex positive vlogger and presenter- in discussion about her new book: “Doing It”.
The Sunday morning launched with a continuation of The YA Market that featured food, stationery and book stalls together in a buzzing marketplace setup.
Bringing together workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances at The Clore Ballroom of Royal Festival Hall in Southbank Centre, YAWL celebrated the existence and development of Young Adult Literature.
India, one of the enthusiastic young visitors at the festival, said: “It [Young Adult Literature] talks about everything and anything. I wanted to hear from authors who write these books I love and understand the whole process behind it, and if they face any obstacles before getting them published because it’s so new. Angie Thomas’ ‘The Hate U Give’ talks about Black Lives Matter and you would never find that in Adult literature.” India is an Arts and Sciences student at UCL.
Having just attended a talk on Gender and Identity by writers Juno Dawson and Niviaq Korneliussen, Alice, a publishing student, said: “I am really interested in different sectors of publishing. I would love to work in the Young Adult field. It’s a bright event for that.”
Trudy Pecker, another Masters in Publishing student, said: “It [Young Adult Literature] is an interesting world where things are categorised by age rather than genres. It’s having to do with the age of the characters and what they are going through.”
The festival had a fair amount of audience and authors and presenters made themselves available for book-signing just after their sessions. It was a lively and encouraging event all together, in its fourth year as part of the London Literature Festival.
[Featured Image: Megha Sharma]