The week ahead in literary London
Wednesday: Jean Hannah Edelstein, Ben Johncock, Sabrina Mahfouz and Elizabeth Jenner are getting tooled up in preparation for another Literary Death Match (8pm, £7 / £5). Laura Dockrill, Rick Edwards and Salena Godden hand out the marks, while Todd Zuniga and Suzanne Azzopardi are on hand to mop up the blood.
Everyone’s favourite physicist, Professor Brian Cox, is at Apple’s Covent Garden store from 7pm (free) talking about the wonders of the solar system.
Travis Elborough is talking rock, deckchairs and the seaside as the Peckham Literary Festival launches (7.30pm, free).
Sophia Blackwell hosts Nandita Ghose, Harry Baker, Mia Jerome and Farhad Mirza doing an Apples and Snakes poetry Jawdance at Rich Mix (7.30pm, free).
Adam Phillips looks at balance in literature, fairy tales and works at art at Lutyens and Rubenstein (6.30pm, £5).
Charlie Dark oversees StorySLAM at the Albany, so get your storytelling head on (7.30pm, £7).
A panel discusses the pleasures and pitfalls of writing about medicine at the Wellcome Collection (7pm, free).
Thursday: Maggie Gee and Milton Crawford join Scott Pack and Marie Phillips in Windsor for the Firestation Book Swap (7.45pm, £5 or free with homemade cake). Don’t forget to bring a book to swap…
Two fun events at the Peckham Literary Festival: Nikesh Shukla reads from his debut novel Coconut Unlimited (7pm, free), and anonymous storytelling troupe Neither Am I entertain the crowd with the help of Howard Jacobson (8pm, free).
Much fun also at Bang Said the Gun, where Ross Sutherland and Elvis McGonagall join the regulars for stand up poetry (8pm, £5).
David Walliams signs his new book, Billionaire Boy, at Foyles in St Pancras Station (5pm).
Kamila Shamsie and Lisa Appignanesi arein Richmond discussing visa changes and the value that immigrant writers bring to British cultural life (7.30pm, £3 / £2).
Ilan Pappe talks about his autobiography, and Israel’s restrictions on academic freedom, at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £6).
Michael Dobbs, David Kynaston, Saul David and Richard Vinen debate who was Britain’s greatest Prime Minister in Kensington (7pm, £5).
Clare Mulley is at Woolfson & Tay talking about the founder of Save the Children (7pm, £5 / £3).
Friday: Inua Ellams puts on a Rhythm and Poetry Party at the Albany (8pm, £6), and invites Charlie Dark, Jacob Sam La Rose, Nii Parkes, PolarBear, Breis, Gemma Weekes, Musa Okwonga, Joshua Idehen, Zena Edwards and Kate Tempest – and you – to join the fun.
Comedian Simon Day talks about his past as a ‘useless criminal’ at Richmond (7.30pm, £10 / £8.50).
There’s tales of 1001 Arabian nights and bellydancing in Peckham (7.15pm, free).
Saturday: Tibor Fischer selects the favourite bits of his work, ably assisted by Grant Gillespie, at the Peckham Literary Festival (7.30pm, free).
Back in Richmond, Anne Sebba joins AN Wilson to discuss the diaries of Sophia Tolstoy (7.30pm, £7 / £6).
Tim Dooley, Rosemary Norman and Penelope Shuttle are the poets in the crypt of St Mary’s Church (7pm, £4 / £3).
Pass on a Poem comes to the Travel Bookshop (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place), for an evening of classic Russian poetry.
Sally Wyatt hosts psychotic poetry and non-stop cabaret at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm).
Sunday: Anne Sebba is back in Richmond for lunch with Gavin Esler, at Thai Square (12.30 / 2.30pm, £12.50 / £25 if you want food). The BBC theme continues at the Richmond Theatre (no food) with John Simpson (7pm, £16.75), while Virginia Ironside talks about growing older (7.30pm, £10 / £8.50).
Torriano Poets welcomes Donald Gardener and Naomi Foyle to Kentish Town (7.30pm, £5 / £3).
Monday: Joe Dunthorne, Tom Warner and Sam Riviere are the three Faber & Faber New Poets at Richmond Waterstone’s (7pm, £5 / £4).
Ben Macintyre and Jimmy Burns talk spies at the London History Festival (7pm, £5).
Get on your poetry soapbox at the Peckham Literary Festival – submit your haikus now! (7.30pm, free).
Tuesday: Raising money for cystic fibrosis, wordPLAY come back to Kilburn’s Good Ship in the company of Indigo Williams, Nick Makoha, Shabby Eliot-Katchadourian, Allan Buroughs, Tony White and Susan Gray (8pm, £3).
There are hilarious Tall Tales from comedy writers and novelists at the Peckham Literary Festival tonight (7.30pm, free).
Patrick Neate chats to Rosemary Furber about his work at Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £5 / £3).
Tom Holland and Richard Miles debate who was better, Rome or Carthage, at the London History Festival. It will not be decided by a TV Burp fight (7pm, £5).
Bestselling author Kate Morton chats about and signs copies of her new novel The Distant Hours at Waterstone’s Piccadilly (6.30pm, £3).
Salt Publishing takes on an Irish flavour at the Betsey Trotwood, launching titles from Matthew Sweeney, Padraig Rooney and Tim Dooley (7pm, free).
Ruth Padel is talking tigers at Asia House (6.45pm, £10 / £6 / £5).
Rosamund Bartlett talks about Chekhov’s travels at the Travel Bookshop (7pm, £5).