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The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghoutir has fourteen books under his belt and has been described by Edward Said as “one of the finest existential accounts of Palestinian displacement we now have”. Tonight Barghouti will give a talk on the nature of exile, read his poetry (in English) and a short extract from I Saw Ramallah, which won the Naguib Mahfouz Award for Literature in 1997. £6, 7pm, The London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL, tickets here.
This is one for children – Coriander is the heroine of Sally Gardner’s acclaimed first novel for older children I Coriander, which is part fairy tale, part historical novel, and is set in London. Also, read this very interesting article about the author’s dyslexia. 6.30pm, free but reserve, Stoke Newington Bookshop, 159 Stoke Newington High Street, N16. 020 7249 2808
La langoustine est morte is a series of evenings held one Monday a month, celebrating experimentation, innovation & internationalism in poetics & fiction. Featuring Anthony Joseph, Sascha Akhtar. £5/4, 7:30pm, Masque Bar, upstairs studio, 1-5 Long lane, EC1A 9HA (Not far from from Barbican tube station).
Tonight a panel discusses George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia in which the author recounts his experiences fighting in the Spanish Civil War:
I had come to Spain with some notion of writing newspaper articles, but I had joined the militia almost immediately, because at that time and in that atmosphere it seemed the only conceivable thing to do. The Anarchists were still in virtual control of Catalonia and the revolution was still in full swing.
In this novel he vividly chronicles his experiences: the revolutionary euphoria of Barcelona, the courage of the ordinary Spanish men and women he fought alongside, the terror and confusion of the front, his near-fatal bullet wound and the cynical betrayal of his allies. Questions will be put to the panel from the audience – read the rest of Homage to Catalonia here. £6/£4, 6.30 – 8pm, Conference Centre, St Pancras, book tickets.
Leonard Woolf (pictured) was a Jew, a socialist and an anti-imperialist who began life as a colonial administrator, but is best known for being married to a certain lady called Virginia. Victoria Glendinning, author of a new biography of Leonard Woolf, explores this intriguing man. £5, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Somerset House, Strand, WC2.