Book Grocer: 20-26 April

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 76 months ago
Book Grocer: 20-26 April

The Easter week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Join three first time authors at Foyles: Steve Hely, Sam Leith and Stuart Evers read and chat (6pm, free but book ahead).

Alan Sillitoe is remembered at the British Library by the likes of Richard Bradford, Peter Chasseaud, Tansy Davies, Margaret Drabble, Elaine Feinstein, Alan Jenkins, Miranda Seymour and D.J. Taylor (6.30pm, £6 / £4).

2009 Costa winner Christopher Reid talks to Adam Phillips at Lutyens and Rubinstein (6.30pm, £5).

Orange longlisted author Tessa Hadley is at Big Green Books tonight from 7pm (£3).

Jawdance is back at RichMix with Cezanne, Mike Loveday, Superbard and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective (7.30pm, free).

Michael Foley talks about finding happiness in an age of absurdity, at Pages of Hackney (7pm, £3).

At Housmans, Colin Leys and Stewart Player argue that healthcare reform is a plot against the NHS (7pm, free).

Unleash your inner poet today and tomorrow at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre poetry workshops (11am-2pm, free).

Thursday: It's Book Slam time again: Ben Okri, Philip Wells and Tanya Auclair join Charlie Dark at the Tabernacle (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

Stuart Evers and Jake Wallis Simons join Marie Phillips and Scott Pack to be quizzed on their favourite cheese and eat cake, at the Firestation Book Swap (7.30pm, £5 or free with homemade cake).

Over at the London Word Festival, a group of writers, artists, technologists and architects debate the library of the future - in front of a panel of judges. It's like Britain's Got Talent for lit types (7pm, £5 / £7).

Kat Francois and Rosy Carrick are the guests at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

Tessa Hadley is reading from and signing her new book of short stories, The London Train, at England's Lane Books from 7.30pm (£5).

Get your literary brain on and head to Big Green Books for their quiz night. Teams of no more than four, £5 per team (7pm).

Farrago's Easter SLAM! features AF Harrold, Fran Landesman, Carmina Masoliver, Sharnika Powers, Clair Whitefield and Charlie Dupre (7.30pm, £6 / £5).

Saturday: The London Word Festival celebrates the King James Bible, in film, music, art and print (7pm, £8).

Stretch those Easter legs on a guided London poetry walk (starts from  Embankment tube station at 2.30pm, £8 / £6).

Monday: Work off that chocolate by wandering London on a guided quest for John Milton (starts from Mansion House tube station at 10.45am, £8 / £6).

Tuesday: Inspired by Andy Kaufman, there's Intergender Wrestling from the London Word Festival with Simon Munnery, Kevin Eldon, Josie Long, Isy Suttie, Tony Law, Joanna Neary, Helen Lederer, Oompah Brass, Rachel Pantechnicon, The Beaux Belles and Tim Wells (7.30pm, £10 / £12).

Clare Hey from Shortfire Press is the guest at London Writers' Club live (7pm, £10 / £15).

Niall O'Sullivan hosts Poetry Unplugged at the Poetry Cafe - head down and try your hand (7.30pm start), £4 / £3).

Last Updated 20 April 2011