Book Grocer: 10-16 August

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Quickly run down to the Urban Physic Garden to hear our own Helen Babbs read from her new book, My Garden, the City and Me, as well as poets James Wilkes, Chris McCabe, Isobel Dixon and Sarah Kelly reading from the Herbarium anthology (1pm, free).

Owen Jones talks about the demonisation of the working classes tonight at Housmans (7pm, £3).

Agnes Meadow hosts a night for women writers of all genres at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3).

Thursday: Hari Kunzru is at the London Review Bookshop, discussing his latest novel Gods Without Men (7pm, £7).

Salon IX gets cerebral at Westbourne Grove church with Iain McGilchrist, Clare Conville and Michael Brooks (8pm, £10).

Friday: Alec Bell hosts Friday Musing at the Poetry Cafe: open mic plus readings (7.30pm).

Morgan DalPhinis, Griot Chinyere, Dimela Yekwai, Sister Ammasade, Haden Martyr, Anum Iyapo and El Crisis perform poems, stories and songs in celebration of their mums (6.30pm, donation £5).

Saturday: Wood Green’s Big Green Bookshop hosts darts legend Bobby George signing copies of his new book, explaining the magical language of the sport (12pm).

Head to Rich Mix for Polish poetry workshops with Wojtek Cichon and Grzegorz Bruszewski, plus Hollie McNish, Keith Jarrett and Harry Baker for a SLAM (workshops 10am-2pm / SLAM 8pm, free).

Meet at 11am outside Hampstead Underground for a guided walk around the places John Keats knew, with readings of his poems (11am, £6).

Poets Anonymous in Croydon invite you to bring your favourite poems (2.30pm, free).

Sunday: The Keats House Poetry Ambassadors introduce the life and work of John Keats at his eponymous house (2pm, £5 / £3, includes entry to house).

Monday: Niall O’Sullivan hosts Book Slam at the Clapham Grand, with Joe Dunthorne, Hari Kunzru and Ross Raisin reading from their new books (7.30pm, £5 / £8).

Tuesday: Find out how to get your children’s book published, from children’s author and illustrator Claire Alexander at the Big Green Bookshop (7pm, free).

Jonathan Kemp reads stories about rentboys, male prostitution and new erotica at the RVT’s Hot August Fringe (7pm, £7).

Poets from Kate Murr’s Press will read for the Blue Bus at The Lamb (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

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