Book Grocer: 13-19 July

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: The penultimate day of the London Literature Festival sees poet Liz Lochhead (7.45pm, £10) and musician Luke Haines (7.30pm, £20 / £17.50) pay a visit to the Southbank Centre.

Owen Jones discusses the demonisation of the working class at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £7).

There’s a street photography and psychogeography event at Housmans tonight: Restless Cities editors Matthew Beaumont and Gregory Dart are joined by photographers Mimi Molica and George Georgiou (7pm, £3).

Maggie Butt is at the Big Green Bookshop talking about how Alexandra Palace was used as a prison camp in the First World War (8.30pm, free).

Agnes Meadow hosts Loose Muse at the Poetry Cafe, for all women writers (8pm, £5 / £3).

Thursday: This month’s Book Slam looks brilliant – Caitlin Moran, Grace Dent and Peter Salmon are at the Tabernacle, with music from Cornelia (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

Charlie Dark, Inua Ellams, Polar Bear, Roger Robinson, Jacob Sam La-Rose, Kate Tempest, Warsan Shire, Poetic Pilgrimage and Zena Edwards hold a R.A.P. party to close the London Literature Festival (8pm, £13).

Joe Dunthorne, Jack Underwood, Emily Berry, Rachael Allen and Martin Jackson are at Dalston Oxfam for a free Bookfest poetry event (7.30pm).

More poetry at the Sydenham Arts Festival with Gale Burns, Rowyda Amin and Dfiza Benson (8pm, £6 / £4).

The London in Peril season at the Bishopsgate Institute continues with a look at the city portrayed as a nightmare. Cathi Unsworth, China Mieville and Iain Sinclair are on the panel (7.30pm, £8 / £6).

Sylvia Plath’s Three Women gets a rare performance at Bloomsbury Theatre (7.30pm, £10).

Friday: Pete Morton performs Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale at the Poetry Cafe (8pm).

Peter Daniels and Mike Horwood are the Friday Night Writers at Swiss Cottage Library (6pm, free).

Saturday: John Sutherland considers the conundrums in great British novels, at the Sydenham Arts Festival (7.30pm, £4).

Foyles Westfield are having a Harry Potter ‘extravaganza’ to mark the final film’s release (2pm, free, email to reserve a place).

There are a few author signings at Waterstone’s around town: Stephen Benatar at Bromley (10am), Peter Jefferson (author of And Now the Shipping Forecast) at Walton-on-Thames (10am), Bobbie Darbyshire at Finchley Road 02 (12pm) and Howard Linskey at Walthamstow (12pm).

Lindsay Clarke (no, not our Lindsey Clarke) offers some prose to accompany a performance of Brinch’s Twelve Songs of Parzival at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, free).

Sunday: Kat Francois hosts an Apples and Snakes performance at the Shoreditch Festival, with JJ Bola, Trnuh, Selina Nwulu, Conrad The Scoundrel, Stephanie Chan, Catherine Labiran, Joe Coghlan and Shay D (3.30pm and 5pm, free).

John Hegley, Lisa Kelley, Roy Lockett and other local poets perform at the Camden Town Community Festival (3.40pm, free).

Monday: The Book Club presents a Special Edition Jazz Poetry night with Angela J Elliott, guest readers from Salisbury House Poets and an open mic (7pm, £5).

Nihat Tsolak introduces documentaries as part of the Kabir Festival, at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5).

Tuesday: Alan Hollinghurst talks about his new book, A Stranger’s Child, at Gay’s the Word (7pm, £10).

Kerry Brown debates democracy in China at Foyles (6.30pm, free but email futurecitiesproject [at] gmail.com to reserve).

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

Hank Lazer and Fanny Howe are the poets catching the Blue Bus tonight at The Lamb (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Roddy Lumsden hosts Salt Plus at the Betsey Trotwood, with Abi Curtis, Isobel Dixon, Simon Barraclough, Tamar Yoseloff and Claire Trevien (7.30pm, free).

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