Book Grocer: 25-31 January

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London this week

Wednesday: Live Canon are performing the work of the Bloomsbury Group tonight at, appropriately, the Bloomsbury Theatre (7.30pm, £12.50 / £10).

Eleanor Hough, Kyrill Potapov, Victoriána Bulley, Unseen Flirt are the poets Jawdancing at Rich Mix, with MC Justin Coe (7.30pm, free).

Charlie Dark hosts StorySLAM:Live at the Southbank Centre. To mark the Death festival the theme is ‘Afterlife’… (7.30pm, £8).

David Rosenberg and Michael Rosen discuss the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street at the Bishopsgate Institute with Newham Bookshop (7.30pm).

Thursday: Hisham Matar and Abdelkader Benali discuss freedom of speech, the Arab Spring and responses to revolution in the past and present, at UCL (6.30pm).

Maggie Gee, Owen Jones and Zaiba Malik join English PEN director Jonathan Heawood to talk about the relationship between contemporary British fiction and politics, at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £10).

Hannah Jane Walker and AF Harrold join Dan Cockrill, Martin Galton, Rob Auton and Peter Hayhoe for Bang Said the Gun stand up poetry (8pm, £5).

Christine and Ben McMahon, Ben Haggarty and TUUP tell dastardly tales of cruelty and cunning for the Crick Crack Club at Rich Mix (7.45pm, £6 / £8).

Chamberlain Peirce and guests read at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, free).

Martina Evans, Michele Roberts, Denise Saul and Dan Wyke launch new pamphlets with Rack Press Poetry at the Marchmont Centre (6.30pm, free).

Friday: Join the launch of Fabelist’s Imprint exhibition from 12pm at the Centre for Possible Studies in Gloucester Place, for storytellers, poems and art (free).

The Poetry Takeaway‘s at the Southbank Centre all weekend. Get your personalised poem from the poetry van.

Hylda Sims hosts Fourth Friday poetry from Peter Phillips and Jon Sayers at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5).

clinic host a gig from TUBELORD and readings by Emily Berry, Kate Kilalea, Jack Underwood, Wolfboy, Sophie Collins, Rachael Allen and Sam Buchan-Watts at The Amersham Arms to mark the launch of their r o m a n c e pamphlet (7pm, £5 advance).

Saturday: Nell Phoenix is telling stories for adults and kids at Selfridges as part of Words Words Words (11am-2pm, head to the Lower Ground Floor).

At Death Fest: Simon Barraclough’s running a poetry workshop dealing with grief, at the Southbank Centre (3pm, £20), while a £12 day pass gets you in to see Christopher Reid read from and discuss The Scattering (1.45pm).

The North London Reading Group are holding a belated Aussie Christmas, with TD Griggs, Little Machine and book swapping (7pm, £10).

A triumvirate of Amy Key, Jacqui Saphra and Gale Burns host The Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe, with Judith Baumel, Richard O’Brien, Charlotte Geater, Sarah Crewe, Ian McEwen and others (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Myra Schneider reads from and discusses her work at Poetry East (7.30pm, £7).

Sunday: Check out the Weiner Library‘s new home in Russell Square at their open day. They’re the world’s oldest Holocaust memorial institution (12-4pm, free).

Rachel Rose Reid is storytelling at Selfridges 11am-2pm every day until Thursday.

There’s storytelling for grown ups from Lip, Thumb & Toe (Jen Pearcy-Edwards, Alys Torrance, Cat Gerrard and Alice Fernbank) plus Sarah Rundle at Jam Circus in Brockley (7pm, £5).

Back at the Southbank Centre’s Death Festival, a £12 day pass gives you the chance to hear Jo Shapcott read from her Costa winning collection On Mutability (3.15pm).

Monday: Everything’s a bit sexy at Velvet Tongue, with appearances from Mel Jones and Chris Dangerfield plus open mic (7pm).

Tuesday: Paul Wady channels Edgar Allen Poe for an evening of the macabre, in the suitably cellarific surroundings of the Constitution in Camden (8.30pm).

Robert Winston and Jim Al-Khalili discuss the Golden Age of Arabic Science, at the Southbank Centre (8pm, £10).

Laura Del-Rivo and Michael Horovitz chat about their work and influences at Lutyens & Rubinstein (7pm, £5).

Niall O’Sullivan hosts the Poetry Cafe‘s open mic night (7.30pm, £5 / £4).

Stephen Kelman (Pigeon English) and Nick Lake (In Darkness) talk about gang culture in fiction with Julia Eccleshare, at the Bloomsbury Institute (6.30pm, £8 / £4).

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