Prestigious authors, poets, speakers and collaborators will fill the Southbank Centre in the London Literature Festival. To celebrate its 11th year, live readings, talks, and workshops will be included. The festival will start on October the 13th and end on November 1st. The festival opens with Poetry International focusing on cultural sustainability and how poetry can save languages from extinction. It will start at 10 am and will last for two days. Londoners could have never wished for a better closure for the festival, as the two-time Oscar winner, Tom Hanks, will give a speech on Wednesday, November the 1st. Hanks has written a collection of short stories under the name of ‘Uncommon Type’, his first published fiction series which dives in the human condition and the American sensibility with insight and humour. Did you know Hanks has a thing for typewriters and that he adores them? He will be discussing his writings with the audience. It will take place at the Royal Festival Hall at 8:30 PM and the tickets are for £45-70.
J.K Rowling, the most famous author worldwide, cannot be left out in London’s autumn. Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition will be held in the British Library tackling Hogwarts-related topics, such as Potions and Alchemy, Care of Magical Creatures as well. It will be celebrating the fact that ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ was first published 20 years ago. Each room will be themed around one of Hogwarts’ subjects. The nearest tubes are King’s Cross and Euston. The exhibition will start on Friday, October the 20th at 9:30 am, except for Mondays it will start at 11 am. Potterheads are welcomed, and we solemn that Slytherins will let muggle-born in!
London not only cares about the written word but also cares about the visuals. London Film Festival will take place in various London venues this October between the 4th and the 15th. Movies from Cannes and other universal festivals will be included. Check the website for tickets: http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff
October’s free events are on the horizon; all you have to do is to take yourself where the events are. You can enjoy an artistic walk at the Frieze Sculpture Park’s art exhibition in Regent’s Park from the beginning of October till the 8th. There will also be a cultural diversity celebration in Trafalgar Square with Africa on the Square and Diwali Festival on the 14th and the 15th of October. If you are more into dance and music, check the Londinium season’s Blood Rite reflecting the horror of the Roman arena on 20-21 of October.
Explore the dark secrets and the mysterious historic London with The Ghost Bus Tours, or visit museums and galleries after dark to live an unforgettable experience with Museums at Night’s Halloween-themed activities. During the London Month of the Dead, you can also see London’s most popular cemeteries. Are you daring enough? Challenge your best friend in entering one of the Fright Nights live action scare mazes at Thorpe Park starting from the 29th of September till the end of October.
If you are addicted to watching CIA’s criminal investigations, you can now do that yourself by trying to detangle a murder’s mystery with forensic experts in Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum on October the 30th. The Tower of London hosts a theatrical Art Macabre evening of life drawing to enjoy the dark arts at the same day. Tough choice! The spooky London has frightening landmarks, and Halloween is the ideal time for exploring them. You can follow up with The London Dungeon’s Halloween events where you can learn about London’s terrifying history and scary characters. To spice things up, you can run for your life in a haunted spaceship in Madame Tussaud’s new Alien: Escape. If you are more adventurous, you can then go to In with the Spiders at ZSL London Zoo, or go Snorkelling with Sharks at SEA LIFE London Aquarium.