Book Grocer: 19-25 October

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Join Will Self, Paul Lyalls and Simon Munnery at Camden’s Enterprise pub for comedy, spoken word, fun times and Express Excess (8.30pm, £5).

There’s tales of London at Woolfson & Tay in Bermondsey Square (7pm, £5 / £3), with Craig Taylor, Vicky the Geordie actress, Christina the Wiccan priestess and Craig Clark from TfL’s lost property office.

Sonia Faleiro, Anita Sethi and Surina Narula discuss the bar dancers of Bombay at the South Asian Literature Festival (6.30pm, £5).

Anna Reid gives an illustrated talk on the siege of Leningrad, at the Brook Green Book Festival (8pm, £4).

Mr Gee hosts Apples and Snakes’s Jawdance at Rich Mix, with poets Subi Shah, Jo Spice Blackwood, Chris Syrus and Modal Roberts (7.30pm, free).

Marina Warner and Frances Spalding talk about their favourite pictures in the Courtauld Gallery (7pm, £12.50 / £11).

Performance ensemble Live Canon perform the works of the Romantic poets at the Bloomsbury Theatre (7.30pm, £12.50 / £10).

Thursday: Kriss Foster and Aisle 16 member John Osborne join the regular Bang Said the Gun crew for a bout of stand-up poetry (8pm, £5).

Marie Phillips and Scott Pack chat and swap books with John Harding and Jonathan Pinnock (the man who put aliens into Austen) at the Firestation Arts Centre (7.45pm, £5 or free with homemade cake).

Mr Gee is on curation duties for Chill Pill at the Albany (7.30pm, £8), a cool night of spoken word with Raymond Antrobus, Deanna Rodger, Simon Mole, Kim-Leng Hills, Dizraeli, Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson and an open mic slot.

Shireen Jilla and Karin Altenberg summon landscapes from Manhattan and the Hebrides at the Brook Green Book Festival (8pm, £4).

Ian Jack, Anita Sethi and Ketaki Kushari Dyson talk about translating Rabindranath Tagore, at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £7).

Romanian poet Andrei Bodiu is at the Romanian Cultural Institute (7pm, free).

Find out about the East India Company captain who may have inspired Robinson Crusoe, at the National Maritime Museum (11am, £7.50).

Sue Hubbard is responsible for the poem in the underpass between Waterloo and the IMAX; catch her, Ambit Magazine and Shane Solanki at Campfire at ditto’s Lighthouse in Islington (7pm).

Michael Glover launches his new poetry collection, Only So Much, at Chelsea Arts Club (7pm, free).

Friday: Romesh Gunesekera chairs a discussion with Christopher Ondaatje at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5) about the latter’s globe-trotting life.

Find out about Graham Greene and his family at the Brook Green Book Festival (8pm, £4).

Combine music and literature at the Victoria in Mile End with Bands and Books, mixing live bands and story telling, drinking and poetry (free).

Agnes Meadow, PR Murry, Katrina Naomi and Patric Cunnane are the Dodo Modern Poets at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5).

Saturday: Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore, Tom Pickard and Shirley Collins are the literary components of a night at the Barbican inspired by JB Priestley’s survey of troubled 1930s England (7.30pm, £20 / £15).

At the Bloomsbury Festival, the Faber Academy and Urban Brew are creating a poetry arbour in Russell Square (from 10am), Stephanie Gerra, Wendy Shutler, Andrew Cuthbert and Bob Goody provide the words in a Bloomsbury foursome (6pm at Senate House, free)  and there’s an evening of literary cabaret at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel hosted by Helen Smith, with Karen McLeod, Ian Marchant, Sam Leith and Nat Segnit (8pm, free).

It’s Saturday night and Peter Phillips, David Cooke and Mike Horwood are writers: hence Saturday Night Writers at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm).

Sunday: At the South Asian Literature Festival, Barbara Harrell-Bond and Firoze Manji talk about Ugandan Asians expelled under Idi Amin (12pm, £5), HM Nagvi explores the effect of cities on his work (2pm, £5), Sarnath Banerjee and Paul Gravett talk about graphic novels (4pm, £5) and Isobel Losada considers the road to happiness (6pm, £5).

Future Perfect Present bring work from emerging writers (2pm at Art Workers Guild, free) to the Bloomsbury Festival.

Leah Fritz presents Torriano Poets, with Eric Ormsby and Michael Glover (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: Philip Hensher headlines Polari at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £5), plus Rebecca Chance, Jason Charles, Robin Anderson, John McCullough and Sophie Mayer. Paul Burston is your host.

John Hegley hosts Beyond Our Kennel at the Betsey Trotwood: an evening of poetry, stories and music (8.30pm, £8 / £5).

Sebastian Faulks talks about his work, and possibly his magnificent beard, at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).

Brian Catling reads part of his surrealist trilogy at Swedenborg House, part of a trilogy of events designed to spook and shiver (7pm, £10).

Salmon Poetry’s Paul Grattan, Stephen Murray, Kevin Simmonds, Michele Vassal, John Fitzgerald and Helene Cardona read at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm).

Tuesday: Geoff Dyer and Blake Morrison are the writers picking their favourite Courtauld Gallery artworks (7pm, £12.50 / £11).

Sally Pomme Clayton tells gothic fairytales at the Soho Theatre (8pm, £8 / £6).

Viv Groksop, Sam Leith, Elif Shafak, Amol Rajan and Janine do Giovanni get 15 minutes to tell their stories at 5×15 (7pm at Shoreditch House, check for prices).

Regular open mic night Poetry Unplugged is, as always, at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Live Canon present the work of the metaphysical poets (what do you mean you don’t know who they are? Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Southwell, that lot) at the Bloomsbury Theatre (7.30pm, £12.50 / £10).

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