The UK’s largest arts centre, the Southbank Centre, is bringing a top-class programme of writers, actors and singers to you at home

Although we’re in lockdown, there’s no reason that your cultural calendar should be home to tubleweed! Thanks to the Southbank Centre, there’s an amazing programme of talks with acclaimed artists coming to a home screen near you, very soon.

Fearne Cotton: Speak Your Truth

The wonderful Fearne Cotton will talk about her new book Speak Your Truth in this broadcast event. At the start of 2020, Fearne discovered she was at risk of needing a throat operation and weeks of recovering in silence resulted in this amazing story about connecting with your inner truth and learning to find your voice.

During this conversation with fellow broadcaster and author Gemma Cairney, Fearne will share her thoughts about finding your authentic words, asserting yourself and speaking out with confidence.

Thursday 4 February 2021, 7.30pm, broadcast online (pre-record), and available On Demand for seven days.

Can’t wait? Listen to Happiful’s podcast with Fearne Cotton now.

A Night in with Ethan Hawke

Actor and writer Ethan Hawke shares his latest novel A Bright Ray of Darkness, which is a meditation on fame and celebrity and the healing power of art. Four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke will read from his latest work as an author and his first offering for almost 20 years.


Ethan Hawke

Ethan shares his insights into this world, not only as a novelist but as an actor, writer and director for stage and screen.

Monday 8 February 2021, 7.30pm, broadcast online (pre-record) and available On Demand for seven days.

Raven Leilani: Luster

Raven Leilani’s debut novel Luster has won acclaim across the board and this exciting streamed event celebrates her work as one of the most exciting literary talents to emerge from the US in recent years.


Raven Leilani

'Luster is entirely remarkable, and the most delicious novel I've read. I couldn't get enough of Raven Leilani's starkly accurate portrayal of the nuances of being a young woman today.' - Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie.

Thursday 25 February 2021, 7.30pm, broadcast online (pre-record) and available On Demand for seven days.

Skin: It takes blood and guts

The lead singer of rock band Skunk Anansie, solo artist, LGBTQI+ activist and all-around trailblazer launches her memoir in a broadcast event with the Southbank Centre.



Told with honesty and passion, It Takes Blood and Guts is the story of how a gay, Black, working-class girl with a vision fought poverty and prejudice to write songs, produce and front her own band, and become one of the most influential women in British rock.

This event is pre-recorded exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

4-11 March 2021. Buy seven days' video access.

Find out what else is happening at the Southbank Centre.