Wednesday: The last Homework of the year not only features Joe Dunthorne, Tim Clare, John Osborne and Luke Wright being poets in residence where no poet should ever be, they’ve also got an appearance from Andrew Motion. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club is the place to be (7.30pm, £5).
You learn something every day: it is the Year of the Rabbit, which is interchangeable with the cat. Head to Freemasons’ Hall for a Japan Society event about Tama the Cat (6.30pm, £15).
Jason Preater and Ester Mangas read poems from Spain’s 19th and 20th century poets, for The Trace They Wished To Leave at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3).
Thursday: You’ve a choice of three events at various Daunt Books shops around the city: Craig Taylor (his book Londoners is a big Londonist recommendation) is talking to Sukhdev Sandhu at The Stag in Hampstead (7pm, £5), Craig Brown and Eleanor Bron are at Marylebone (7pm, £8) and Philip Coggan examines the roots of the financial crisis at Cheapside (6.30pm, £5).
Frank Sinazi takes part in a Bang Said the Gun Christmas Extravaganza at the Roebuck (8pm, £5).
Caitlin Moran, Claire Tomalin and Simon Hopkinson are signing at Waterstone’s Piccadilly (6pm).
The Poetry Society unveils its new poem to celebrate the lighting-up of Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree (6pm).
Friday: Head2Head theatre’s storytellers are telling Christmas crackers at the Tea Box in Richmond (£6).
Rosie Bailey, Tim Dooley and Joelle Taylor perform at the Camden Poetry Series (6.30pm, £5 / £4).
Saturday: David Walliams is signing copies of his new book for kids from 3pm at Waterstone’s in the Finchley Road O2.
Sunday: Peter Phillips and Sue Guiney are the guests at Kentish Town’s Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3). Readers from the floor are also welcome.
Monday: The Spark London storytellers are telling true tales of new beginnings at the Canal Cafe Theatre (7.30pm, £15).
Exiled Writers Ink‘s focus is on Romani writers: Janna Eliot, Valdemar Kalinin, Damian Le Bas and Mike Cheslett all read from their work at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £4 / £2).
Tuesday: The Ministry of Stories fun educational organisation in Hoxton has teamed up with YARN to raise funds for MoS’s work. Evie Wyld, Jack Underwood, Tom Humberstone, Tom Basden, Jarred McGinnis and Sam Taradash are six fantastic performers and writers – at slightly more than £1 per storyteller that’s a bargain (7.30pm, £7).
The Poetry Cafe‘s regular open mic night is, as always, hosted by Niall O’Sullivan (7.30pm, £5 / £4).
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