Book Grocer: 22-28 June

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Richard Holmes looks at Mary Shelley and her Creature, at the British Library (6.30pm, £6 / £4).

Paul Burston brings the Polari literary salon to the Southbank Centre, with James Maker, Norman Feather, Paul Burston, Sophia Blackwell, Ernesto Sarezale, Paul Hickey, Michael Alago and Andy Bell – yes, that Andy Bell (7.45pm, £5).

John Siddique launches his book Full Blood at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, free).

Thursday: Gregory Woods reads from his new collection of poems at Gay’s the Word (7pm, free).

Tickets are going fast for Hisham Matar in conversation with Philippe Sands at Lutyens and Rubinstein (6.30pm, £5) so call them quickly…

Bro’s Grim and Keith Jarrett join regulars Dan Cockrill, Martin Galton and Rob Auton at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

Andrew Cuthbert, Stephanie Gerra and Bob Goody are the Bloomsbury Voices at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £4).

Birdbook, a new anthology of bird poems, launches at the Phoenix Arts Club (7.30pm, free).

Vincent Katz and Barry Schwabsky perform their poetry at the Horse Hospital (7.30pm).

Friday: Simon Schama gives a lecture on the Festival of Britain at the Southbank Centre (7.30pm, £12).

The Book Box in Clapton is having a literary weekend. Entry to the whole thing is just £12, or you can pay individually. First up is a poetry session for sharing and discussing poetry (7pm, £3).

Bloodaxe Poetry host a night at Rich Mix, with Roddy Lumsden, Clare Pollard, Kate Potts, Carole Satyamurti and Susan Wicks (7.30pm, free).

Hylda Sim hosts Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe with Christopher Reid, Katy Evans-Bush and music from Liz Simcock (8pm, £5 / £4).

Dorothea Smartt hosts Life Stories Cafe at Woolfson & Tay, with Karen McCarthy Woolf, Nigel Young and Kinsi Abdulleh (7pm, £5).

Saturday: Get to Keats House to hear poems by Keats and the poets who inspired him (3pm, £5 / £3).

The Bromley Literary Festival has storytelling with Abie Longstaff at 2.15pm, and a series of events celebrating romantic fiction with authors including Simon Gould, Conrad Jones, Dorothy Komsoom, Juliet Archer and Victoria Fox (prices range from free to £5).

The Book Box welcomes Jeremy Worman and his short stories (4.15pm) and Iain Sinclair (5.30pm, £3 each event / £5 for both) to their literary weekend.

Rachel McCarthy, Kona MacPhee, Martin Figura, Helen Ivory, Ashok Bery are the poets on Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Sunday: Crime writer Claire Seeber and poet Chrissie Gittins celebrate National Reading Group Day at Manor House Library (10.30am, free but prebook by emailing claire.scothern [at] lewisham.gov.uk or calling 020 8314 7794).

Back in Bromley, it’s games day with a Scrabble tournament (3pm, free), pub quiz (5pm, £4) and, rather excitingly, Literary Death Match heads south! Bruno Vincent, Julie Mayhew and another judge TBC scrutinise Leo Benedictus, Helen Smith, Joan Taylor and Nat Segnit (7pm, £5 / £8).

Rebecca Hunt reads from her debut novel, Mr Chartwell, at The Book Box‘s literary weekend (4pm, £5).

Kamin Mohammadi and poet John Constable are at Woolfson & Tay to commemorate Refugee Week (4pm, free).

The Tim Williams Awards takes classic texts and has composers turn them into theatrical songs. Hear the results at the Cochrane Theatre (6pm, £5).

Monday: Magma 50 launches at Coffee House Poetry with John Glenday, Anthony Joseph, Lorraine Mariner and Helen Ivory (8pm, £7 / £6).

Richard Wilkinson talks about his book The Spirit Level at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Wolf poetry magazine launches a new event at the Poetry Cafe, with Niall McDevitt, Stephen Watts, Ziba Karbassi, Khin Aung Aye and Ko Ko Thett (8pm, £5).

Tuesday: Gwyneth Jones, Mark Pilkington, Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart, David Clarke and film director Gareth Edwards consider whether we’re alone in the universe at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Glam SLAM is at The Book Club with featured poets Emanuel Xavier, Chris Young and Cat Brogan (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Niall O’Sullivan hosts Poetry Unplugged open mic night at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Book ahead: Tickets go on sale on 28th June for Alan Hollinghurst’s appearance at Gay’s the Word, to celebrate his new novel, on 19th July.

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