The week ahead in literary London
Wednesday: Margaret Atwood is discussing the future with climate change specialist Sir Brian Hoskins at Savoy Place (6pm, free – but it’s first come first served, and if you don’t think this will be packed you’re a crazy person).
Brittle Star launches its 27th issue of new writing at the Southbank Centre (8pm, free but you need a ticket).
Sarah Morell, Sam Sedgman and Talia Randall are the Show Don’t Tell Collective, and are performing their first stories at The Albany from 8pm (£5).
Richard Seymour divines the meaning of David Cameron at Pages of Hackney (7pm, £3)…
…while at Foyles, Ian Morris reveals the reasons for the West’s dominance of the world and the East-West relationship (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place).
Justine Picardie talks about the life of Coco Chanel at Lutyens and Rubenstein (7pm, £5).
Thursday: Poet Molly Naylor was on one of the blown-up tube trains on 7/7; spend an evening with her at the Richmond Literature Festival (7.30pm, £5), followed by poet Ross Sutherland’s debut Edinburgh show (9pm, £5).
Charlie Dark and Dean Atta curate an evening of boundary-pushing spoken word, with DJ Halo, Red Cable Sunday, Zayna Daze and Hollie McNish, at The Albany (8pm, £8 / £5).
Simon Stephens discusses his award winning play Harper Regan at Foyles (1pm, free but email to reserve a place).
Diana Souhami discusses Edith Cavell at Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £5 / £3).
Friday: Performance poets Yemisi Blake, Deanna Rodger, Ray Antrobus and Anna Le have been working with writer, and creative writing teacher, Karen McCarthy Woolf to produce four new pieces of work. See the results at The Albany in association with Apples and Snakes (8pm, £8 / £5).
Malorie Blackman looks at teenage fatherhood at Foyles (1pm, free but email to reserve a place).
Book Club Boutique is rebelling and plotting at The House of St Barnabas (7.30pm, £7 / £5). Maggie Gee, Paul Birtill, Tim Wells, Den Rele, Kirsty Allison and Salena Godden are the writers huddling round barrels of gunpowder.
Saturday: There’s lots happening at the Richmond Literature Festival. Performance poet Hannah Walker can’t stop apologising (12pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, £5 / £4), Alexander Gordon Smith runs a horror writing workshop (2.30pm, £4, 10 years+), Sarwat Chadda explains why Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker have a lot in common (2.30pm, £4) and Louise Soraya Black talks to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (7.30pm, £5 / £4).
John Boyne and Oliver Jeffers sign copies of their jointly-written children’s book at Foyles (2pm).
Sunday: Peter Snow talks about Wellington (7.30pm, £10 / £8.50), at the Richmond Literature Festival.
Jack Stanley introduces Dannie Abse, Lynne Hjelmgaard and poets from the floor at Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).
Monday: Charlie Brooker, Zoe Williams and Tanya Gold are the Guardian’s ‘cult’ columnists in conversation at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).
If you have a spare £45 you could have dinner with PD James at St Pancras Grand, organised by Foyles (6.30pm).
Alternatively, celebrate 200 years of Latin American Literature at Foyles Charing Cross Road with Professors James Dunkerley, Mathew Brown and Tristan Platt (6.30pm), to start the Il ACALASP Festival of Ibero American Literature.
Michael Holroyd is talking about illegitimate daughters and absent fathers at the Royal Society of Literature (7pm, RSL members only).
Lynne Reid Banks visits England’s Lane Books to look over her career and the 50th anniversary of The L-Shaped Room (7pm, £5 / £3).
Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, so what she says about Kensington Palace is the business. Catch her at the Richmond Literature Festival (7.30pm, £8), or see what Tim Parks and Alberto Manguel have to say about lying in literature (7.30pm, £8 / £7).
Tuesday: Eloy Urroz discusses contemporary Mexican writing and his latest novel, Friction, at Foyles (6.30pm).
Lee Rourke, Pascale Petit, Richard Dyer and Maj Abrahamsson head for the Betsey Trotwood for Ambit Magazine‘s poetry evening (7pm, free; we know the website says October but it really is today).
Paul Willetts talks to Virginia Ironside about Paul Raymond, King of Soho, in Richmond (7.30pm, £7 / £6).