What a great line up the London Literature Festival has put together this year. Claire Tomalin, a superb lecturer, is giving no less than five talks – on Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens and Mary Wollstonecraft. (It sounds like a perfectly formed English Lit capsule course to us, and if you know any English A Level students studying Austen, Hardy or Dickens, get tickets for them quick). James Salter, Barbara Kingsolver, William Dalrymple, Audrey Niffenegger, and Lionel Shriver, among others, will be talking about their work. Artist Cornelia Parker will be in conversation with psychoanalyst Darian Leader, Tom Dixon will be giving an illustrated talk about his 30 years in design, and three authors of graphic novels (including Mary Talbot, author of Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes) will be talking about their unusual and too often underrated genre. There’s the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Readings, as well as the 2013 Man Booker International Prize Readings with renowned authors from all over the world reading together, including Aharon Appelfeld and Marilynne Robinson. And there’s lighter fare too, with the legendary German chanteuse Ute Lemper singing songs based on the poems of Pablo Neruda, and Gavin Turk and Jarvis Cocker talking about what celebrity does to identity. Interested? We are, and though the festival isn’t until May, tickets will sell quickly, so do book now. We’re going to Pepys, Parker, Cocker and Dalrymple, just for a start. How about you?