Book Grocer: 19-25 January

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 79 months ago
Book Grocer: 19-25 January

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Poetry's back at Rich Mix in the form of Jawdance, with Michelle Madsen, Anna Chen and zk the poet. Richard Tyrone Jones comperes (7.30pm, free).

There's All Ears storytelling at the Hub in King's Cross from people who've changed their lives - Noel 'Razor' Smith, John Williams and Nicci Mack (7pm, £12 / £15).

Clive Bloom talks Restless Revolutionaries, from Tom Paine to Tom Wintringham, at Housmans (7pm, £3).

Head to the Hellenic Centre for the launch of Nasos Vayenas’s selected poems The Perfect Order (6.30pm, free).

Thursday: Richard Tyrone Jones is out again at Bang Said the Gun, alongside Martin Newell and the BTSG regulars (8pm, £5).

The Firestation Book Swap is hosted by Scott Pack and a guest turn from Robert Hudson this month. The boys are joined on the sofa by authors Elizabeth Buchan and Emma Townsend. Bring a book to swap, and homemade cake lets you off the £5 entrance fee (7.45pm).

The Ballad of John Clare by Hugh Lupton gets a launch at Treadwell's Bookshop. It's free, but you'll need to RSVP in advance (7pm).

Niki Segnit discusses flavour at Woolfson & Tay (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Hear Keats's poem The Eve of St Agnes at the Guildhall Art Gallery, next to Holman Hunt's painting (3pm, free with admission to gallery).

Iain Sinclair and Ken Worpole talk about place and its meanings at Pages of Hackney (7pm).

Bruce Parry signs copies of Arctic at Stanfords from 5.30pm.

The Farrago January SLAM! features Fran Landesman, Harry Baker, Katie Bonna, Martin Daws, Keith Jarrett, Richard Marsh and Rachel Rose Reid, over at the RADA Foyer Bar (7.30pm. £6 / £5).

Friday: Bloomsbury Voices are determined to banish the January blues at Lumen (7.30pm, £6 / £4).

Saturday: Didn't make it to the Guildhall Art Gallery on Thursday? You can hear Keats's poem The Eve of St Agnes, and other works, performed at Keats House instead (3pm, £5 / £3).

Penelope Shuttle talks about poems that inspired her and her own work for Poetry East at the London Buddhist Centre (7.30pm, £7).

Sunday: Nine of the poets shortlisted for the TS Eliot prize read at the Southbank Centre - Simon Armitage, Annie Freud, John Haynes, Seamus Heaney, Pascale Petit, Robin Robertson, Fiona Sampson, Brian Turner, Derek Walcott and Sam Willetts - introduced by Ian McMillan (7pm, £15). If that's not enough, we have no hope for you.

We liked William Stopha's show Hope for Robots at the Camden Fringe, and you have another chance to catch it at the Camden People's Theatre for the next three Sundays (8pm, £6 / £4). If you're still not sure, have a peek at a video of Will performing his poem The Whale that Lost its Way.

Monday: The ever popular and perennially sold-out Josephine Hart Poetry Hour returns to the British Library for an evening of Kipling, read by Dan Stevens and Charles Dance (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Still in the British Library, Write Queer London are holding a creative writing workshop run by Chroma Journal founding editor Shaun Levin (6.15pm, free - but booking essential).

Andrea Levy's chatting to John Mullan about her hit novel Small Island at King's Place (7pm, £9.50).

Tuesday: David Vann talks about his new novel, Caribou Island, at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £6).

Luke Wright performs his show of Cynical Ballads at the Leicester Square Theatre until Saturday - don't worry, we'll remind you next week as well (7.30pm, £10 / £8).

It's open mic at the Poetry Cafe for Poetry Unplugged with Niall O'Sullivan (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Agent Caroline Hardman and author Michele Gorman share their wisdom at London Writers' Club Live (7pm, £10).

Get your quizzing brain on at the Big Green Bookshop, hosted again by Greg Stekelman. Maximum of 4 on a team, £5 per team to enter, 7pm start.

Last Updated 19 January 2011

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