The week ahead in literary London
Wednesday: Tonight at Concrete, the excellent Molly Parkin and no-less-glorious Emma Young (of To Hell with the Lighthouse) and Hatty Ashdown cast judgement on Niven Govinden, Dan Holloway, Karl Webster and Bruno Vincent, all engaged in a Literary Death Match (8.30pm, £7 / £5).
Ned Beauman reads from his debut novel Boxer, Beetle at Pages of Hackney (7pm, £3).
Just down the road, Jacob Ross reads from his debut novel, Pynter Bender, at The Bookbox (7pm, £3).
Colette Machado and Daniella Blechner read their contributions to Hair Power Skin Revolution in Edmonton (6pm, free).
Simon Smith launches his new collection, London Bridge, at the William IV in Shoreditch (7.30pm).
The Wu Ming collective present their novel Manituana and talk about writing collaboratively at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).
Also: a reminder to keep an eye on the London Review Bookshop’s events page: they do a lot of excellent things that are usually full by the time these listings come out. Tonight? Will Hutton. All sold out. Damnit.
Thursday: But never fear! Will Hutton pops into Daunt Books in Marylebone to discuss his new book and the state of the economy (7pm, £8).
John Moloney and Captain of the Rant join the regulars at The Roebuck for performance poetry at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).
Kishwar Desai discusses female infanticide in India at Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £3).
Pete Brown went to India in search of something very different – the original Pale Ale. He’s talking about his discoveries at the Travel Bookshop (7pm, £5).
Tessa Mcwatt and Chika Unigwe read from and talk about their novels at Islington Waterstone’s (6.30pm).
Friday: Rachel Johnson, sister of Boris but in her own right editor of The Lady, is at the Portobello Pop-up Cinema talking about her time in charge (7.30pm, £4).
Ruth Padel, Nu Nu Yi and Wendy Law-Yone discuss writing Burma at the Free Word Centre (1pm, free but reserve a place in advance).
Saturday: Murray Bodo, Sue Rose and Susan Utting, plus poets from the floor, read in the crypt of St Mary’s Church in Islington (7pm, £4 / £3). Proceeds go to Hospice Care Kenya.
Sunday: Inua Ellams hosts Poejazzi‘s final Year of the Poet event, with Eska, Tanya Auclair, Hollie McNish, John Osborne, Robert Auton and 2009 Roundhouse Slam Champion Jodi Ann Bickley, at the Soho Theatre (7.15pm, £8 / £12).
At the South Asian Literature Festival, George Alagiah, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Geoff Dyer talk about the inspiration of the landscape (1pm, £5 / £10), Granta convenes a panel to discuss English-language writing in India and Pakistan (3.30pm, £5 / £10) and Nikesh Shukla brings Anjali Joseph, Niven Govinden, Sabrina Mahfouz and Irfan Master for a spot of storytelling (6.30pm, £5 / £10), all at Rich Mix.
Ruth Ingram is at Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).
Monday: Didn’t catch Rachel Johnson on Friday? You’ve another chance at the Tabernacle for 5×15, along with Alex Bellos, Alexander Masters, Diana Athill – oh, and only Booker winner Howard Jacobson (6.45pm, £12).
Bernard Cornwell and Richard Holmes talk literary soldiering at Foyles (7pm, £10).
Spoken Word All Stars OneNess, Kate Tempest, Kat Francois and El Crisis are at Kings Place for your entertainment – and we do mean entertainment – 7pm, £9.50.
Ken Champion and Juli Jana present Jocelyn Page at More Poetry in London Bridge (7.30pm, free).
Paul Farley, Wendy Cope, Grace Nichols, Carole Satyamurti, Jo Shapcott, Kit Wright, Cicely Herbert, Gerard Benson and Judith Chernaik celebrate Poems on the Underground at Coffee House Poetry (8pm, £7 / £6). Nearest tubes: West Brompton and Earl’s Court.
Tuesday: The Sohemian Society presents Paul Willetts talking about Paul Raymond, King of Soho, upstairs at the Wheatsheaf pub (7.30pm, £3).
Peter Watson talks about the German genius at the Travel Bookshop (7pm, £5).
Head to the Free Word Centre for today’s South Asian Literature Festival. Mohammed Hanif and guests consider the effect of conflict on literature (4pm, £5 / £10), Kenan Malik and Shiv Malik look at the rise of terrorism and freedom of expression in the UK (6pm, £5 / £10), and a documentary about sri Lankan activist Richard de Zoysa is followed by a panel discussion with Roma Tearne, Willi Richards and DJ Nihal (8pm, £5 / £10).
Agent Andrew Lownie demystifies his job at the London Writers’ Club (7pm, £10).
Niall O’Sullivan hosts open mic night Poetry Unplugged at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £4 / £3).