A New Chapter

The London Library

An incredible star-studded virtual literary festival to help survivors of torture.

Join us for Freedom from Torture's flagship literary festival returning this autumn to the London Library. Be moved and inspired whilst raising vital funds for survivors of torture.

This year's theme A New Chapter explores, through literature, what it feels like to start from scratch, a fresh start, a new journey. It celebrates refugees who have arrived in the UK and their resilience building a new life. 

Hosted by Author and Comedian Alexei Sayle, enjoy a drinks and canapés reception with readings and performances from authors Julian Barnes, Elif Shafak, poet Inua Ellams and survivors of torture from Freedom from Torture's creative writing group.

Thursday 24 November (7pm-10pm)

A New Chapter Auction

You can bid online in our interactive literary auction with the chance to win an array of unique prizes and experiences including becoming a named character in the next Margaret Atwood or Lee Child novel; enjoying a weekend away in Tracy Chevalier’s Dorset cottage in Tess of the d’Urbervilles country, or a first-edition of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange.

Thursday 10 November (10am GMT) - Thursday 24 November

Want to be the first to know when the auction launches? Email: [email protected]

Plus take part in our Grand Raffle to win signed books with original bookmarks designed by the renowned authors themselves including Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan, Maggie O'Farrell and Jonathan Coe.

Tickets are priced at £50 and include all wine, drinks, canapés and entertainment.

With all proceeds going to Freedom from Torture.
 Book online or call us on 020 7697 7812.

Our Poetry Competition is now closed!

Poems will be judged by Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst and the winner will be able to rub shoulders with literary stars and perform their poem at our London Library event on 24 November. The winning poem will also be published in Ambit Magazine, and winners and runners up will receive lots other special prizes, including books donated by the Folio Society

Can't make it to the event? Please consider leaving a donation in lieu: