There are London Literature Festivals, and then there's London Literature Plus. This independent rival to the South Bank's extravagnza also kicked off yesterday, and involves almost 30 lit-related events. Here's a pick of the highlights.
July 3: Poejazzi. Poetry and jazz? Not necessarily a winning combination in everyone's book, but Time Out certainly like it. They listed Poejazzi amongst their 101 things to do in London 2007. 8pm, Volupté.
July 5: Social Disease Social. One of those events that probably makes perfect sense if you're part of the gang, but sounds somewhat mystifying to a poor old Londonist editor. 'An evening of anti-readings, music and socialising from Social Disease, celebeating the first birthday of Straight From The Fridge.' Quite. 9pm, Hedges and Butler Club, 3 New Burlington Mews.
July 8: Perverted by Language: Fiction inspired by The Fall. This one sounds equally puzzling, but who could resist the following? 'Mechanical ducks, shark women that taste of liquorice, perverted sexual shenanigans in cramped office spaces, double-crossing Nazi apologists, bald-headed cultural subversives and celebrity deer-culling - this is just a glimpse into the wonderful and frightening world of Perverted by Language: Fiction inspired by The Fall…' 8pm, The Pineapple, 51 Leverton Street.
July 12: Elvis-impersonating demons. A talk from Londonist friend Chris Roberts addressing the titular unliklihood as well as haunted cinemas, pagan estate agents and other peculiar London folklore. 7pm, Clapham Books, 120 Clapham High Street.