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Alexei Sayle referees writers v scientists football match in Jubilee Gardens

Alexei Sayle refereed a writers versus scientists football match in Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank on Wednesday night to mark the launch of the London Literature Festival.

Alexei Sayle
Alexei Sayle as the bicycling referee for the writers v scientists football match at the launch of London Literature Festival Photo: Rachel Cherry.

The football match – played in Jubilee Gardens alongside the E4 Udderbelly – was held to highlight the three strands of the London Literature Festival: science, literature and Festival Brazil.

The festival runs until 18 July at Southbank Centre with a mix of paid-for and free events.

This year's festival includes the inaugural Litweeter Festival, an interactive compendium of word play, twittery challenges and literary gossip. Follow @litweeter for details.

The festival prgramme is at:

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