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The Barbican’s New Suns Literary Festival 2021 – online for the first time!

By Julie Heinisch

The Barbican Centre announced that their annual literary festival New Suns is returning this year from March 5 to 7, for the first time online.

Their feminist literary festival is filled with talks, workshops, and a film centred around feminist storytelling. The weekend features acclaimed writers, activists, artis and academics, such as Adrienne Maree Brown, Season Butler, and Dorothea Lasky. The New Suns festival is a co-production between the Barbican and independent publisher and curator Sarah Shin.

One of the events at the festival will look at the legacy of eminent science-fiction author Octavia Butler and analyse her prophetic, unfinished Earthseed series. During the event the books’ central themes, such as race, gender and the inevitability of change will be discussed.

Furthermore, the festival’s programme includes a talk between writers and activists Adrienne Maree Brown and Ama Josephine Budge as they explore the practice and legacy of Octavia Butler. Other events of the programme contain poetry readings, a discussion with Izabelle Scott of The White Review, poet Dorothea Lasky, and poet Precious Okoyomon as well as a workshop on creative writing led by Alice Spawls, co-editor of the London Review of Books.

Moreover, the New Suns 2021 also features a film about feminist scholar Donna Haraway as well as a science fiction writing workshop with writer and performance artist Season Butler.

The full programme details can be found on the Barbican website and festival bookers can continue to watch back all New Suns content until Tuesday 9 March 11.59pm.

There are two different offers to get access to the New Suns 2021, the standard option with access to the weekend’s live online programme, which is £15, and the “New Suns Plus” option which includes a limited-edition anthology and merchandise package in the post, plus the workshop with Season Butler, which is £25. If you are already a young Barbican member you can get a concession ticket of £5/£15.

You can book your tickets now via the Barbican’s website.

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