Book Grocer: 26 October-1 November

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London this week

Wednesday: The penultimate Homework of this year features the crew telling true stories of escape – without notes. These gigs are brilliant, catch one while you can (7.30pm, £5).

Deborah Levy talks to Anouchka Grose about her latest novel, Swimming Home, and her other work at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £7).

Iain Sinclair’s at the Idler Academy, talking about Ghost Milk and failed grand projects (7pm, £20 / £15).

Brian Whitaker and Saeed Kamali Dehghan talk about gay and lesbian life in the Middle East, at Saqi Books (7pm, free but book ahead).

Live Canon perform the work of the War Poets at Bloomsbury Theatre (7.30pm, £12.50 / £10).

Abigail Parry and Mike West are the guests at a We Eat Poets! Halloween special (poetry+four course meal, 7pm, £40).

Thursday: Roger McGough – blimey, Roger McGough! – is at Rhythm and Muse in Kingston’s Ram Jam Club (8.30pm, £10 / £8).

League of Gentlemen member Jeremy Dyson, Craig Taylor, Izzi Dunn and Elvis McGonagall are at Book Slam, hosted this month by Niall O’Sullivan (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

Meg Beech and Vanessa Kisuule join the regulars for Bang Said the Gun‘s stand up poetry at the Roebuck (8pm, £5).

Jim Bob from Carter USM is at Wood Green’s Big Green Bookshop for a free reading – get there early (doors open 7pm).

Poet Don Paterson gives the final of Swedenborg Hall‘s performances with musician MacGillivray (7pm, £10).

Friday: Mark Gatiss, Tim McInnerny and Patricia Hodge read spooky stories at the Criterion Theatre (10.30pm, £12.50 / £10).

The Poetry Olympics Superjam comes in two parts tonight: first, beat poets Michael Horovitz and Barry Miles are in conversation (6pm), then Horovitz, Steven Berkoff and Francesca Beard, Gwyneth Herbert, Adam Horovitz, a Fran Landesman tribute, Niall McDevitt, Molly Parkin, Sophie Parkin, Annie Whitehead’s t’bone and Ayanna Witter-Johnson perform (7.30pm) – all at ULU, £6 / £4.

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, Poetic Pilgrimage, Santiago and Turan Webb are the Poets and Pioneers at D’Gaf restaurant in Stratford (7.30pm, £20 / £22 / £25).

Liz Berry, Fiona Curran, Martin Daws, Maggie Harris, Paul Perry, Todd Swift and Judith Watts are reading at the Kingston Writing School (8pm, £6 / £5).

Friday Night Writers at Swiss Cottage Library welcomes Ruth O’Callaghan, followed by open mic (6pm, free).

Saturday: Writer and former rapper Courttia Newland is at the New Cross People’s Library (3pm, free).

Kathleen Ossip, Rosie Shepperd Sophia Mayer do the Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £6 / £5).

Poetry in Palmers Green features Julian Stannard, Liz Berry, Margaret Eddershaw and Cheryl Moskowitz (7pm, £5 / £3.50).

Stephen Benatar is signing books at Waterstone’s Bromley all weekend.

Sunday: Margaret Eddershaw is back, this time at Kentish Town’s Torriano Poets (3pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: Joe Dunthorne, Imtiaz Dharker and John Stammers are at Kings Place for What Are They Whispering, which promises to be a full-on multimedia experience (7pm, £9.50).

Poet Niall O’Sullivan and magician Joe Raine take part in Poets in the (North Nineteen) Pub‘s Halloween special (7.30pm, £5).

Coffee House Poetry ponders What We Should Have Said, with Stuart Silver, Aoife Mannix, Richard Douglas Pennant, Hannah Silva and violinist Darragh Morgan (8pm, £7 / £6).

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

Poet in the City is holding a poetry drop-in at Waterstone’s Piccadilly on the theme of Yesterday (6.30pm, free).

While you’re at Waterstone’s, you could get Anthony Horowitz to sign a copy of his new Sherlock Holmes novel (from 6pm).

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