3 Top Literary Talks for the Bank Holiday

If you’re staying in London this May bank holiday then book in to hear one of these top literary talks from Bryony Gordon, Elizabeth Day and Michael Morpurgo:

Bryony Gordon: You Got This

‘I wanted to be a unicorn. I wanted to be a princess. I wanted to be an astronaut. But the thing I really wanted to be more than anything else, was a little less like me.’ Bryony Gordon has become the ultimate champion for mental health in recent years. As well as being a journalist and podcaster, she’s run the London marathon in her underwear, she’s set up charity Mental Health Mates, she posts her sobriety anniversaries on instagram and of course she’s written several bestselling books on the topic. The first was The Wrong Knickers, then Mad World about her battles with bulimia and addiction and then Eat, Drink, Run about her marathon experience. Now she’s written a book for teens called You Got This that’s not only perfect reading for young teenagers but parents too. How can we learn self-respect? How do we teach ourselves love and confidence? Hear the author as she shares her fabulous, fearless guide for teenage girls.

4 May, 2.30pm at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank. Tickets from £14.50 at southbankcentre.co.uk

Elizabeth Day: How to Fail LIVE

We’re huge fans of Elizabeth Day’s podcast series How to Fail – interviewees include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sebastian Faulks, Olivia Laing, Raven Smith and David Nicholls – who each discuss the things in life that haven’t quite gone to plan. Indeed the three-series’ proved so popular that they inspired Elizabeth Day’s new book, How to Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong. In this talk the author will be in conversation with actress Zawe Ashton in an afternoon that’s all about learning from our mistakes. There will be the opportunity to ask Elizabeth your own questions: is ‘success’ a myth? How can we turn crisis into clarity? And does it really matter if you’re rubbish at tennis? Fear not, the talk is not being live recorded for another podcast; you’ll have to be there to hear it.

5 May, 2.30pm at The Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park SE1 2SG. Tickets £20 at bridgetheatre.co.uk

Michael Morpurgo: 75th Anniversary Tour 

Michael Morpurgo, Lincoln Book Festival 2018, Lincoln Drill Hall

National treasure Michael Morpurgo has written a staggering 130 books, these include The Butterfly LionKensuke’s KingdomPrivate Peaceful and of course, War Horse. But how did the man become such a brilliant storyteller? On the occasion of his 75th birthday Michael Morpurgo will be talking to Katy Brand on stage at the Southbank about his life’s path and inspirations along the way from school teaching in Kent to his love of animals and the charity, Farms for City Children that he set up with his wife. There will be extracts from his most treasured works read out by the actor Eddie Marsan.

5 May 7.30pm at The Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park SE1 2SG. Tickets £25 at bridgetheatre.co.uk

— Daisy Allsup
30th April 2019