Book Grocer: 7-13 March

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London this week

Wednesday: J Fergus Evans’s intimate (audiences of five) my heart is hitching down peachtree st is still on at the Albany, until Friday (various times, £8 / £6).

There’s a homage to Mark Twain at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm).

See poets who have recently appeared in Fire magazine – including Sean Burn, Graham Hartill, Rachel Lehrman, Ester Muchawsky-Schnapper, Suzanne Muir Scott, Catherine Simmonds and Michael Wyndham Thomas – at the Southbank Centre’s Poetry Library (8pm, free).

Hollie McNish, Vanessa Kisuule and Cecilia Delatori spout Wise Words at Vibe Bar (7.390pm, £3 / £2). There’s open mic if you get inspired.

Thursday: There’s a Gothic evening at Blackwell’s on Charing Cross Road (6pm, free). Authors reading delightfully terrifying works of fantasy and horror are Christopher Fowler, Suzanne McLeod, Marcus Hearn, Jon Courtenay Grimwood and many more.

For Books’ Sake celebrate International Women’s Day at Deptford Lounge with authors from their recent pulp fiction anthology (7.30pm, free).

Storyteller Jan Blake, poets Anna Freeman, Shane Solanki and Bridget Minamore plus host Chris Redmond do some Tongue Fu at Rich Mix (8pm, £7 / £5).

Tony Walsh and the Roundhouse Collective join the regulars at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

Friday: Frank Dullaghan, Bill Greenwell, Omar Sabbagh and Cinnamon Press take over the Poetry Cafe to launch Enough Light to See the Dark, Ringers and The Square Root of Beirut (7pm, free).

John Lanchester gives another London Review of Books Winter Lecture at the British Museum, this time on the subject of Marx (6.30pm, £10 / £8).

Saturday: Murray Lachlan Young provides some stand up poetry at Rich Mix‘s celebration of Cornish Music and Art (7pm, £10 / £12).

Vanessa Woolf is storytelling at Dulwich Books from 10.30am (free).

It’s the Big Green Bookshop‘s fourth birthday – we don’t have details, but pop to Wood Green for fun times.

Platform 1 is a new night at the Poetry Cafe for new poets to perform alongside established ones. Tonight’s headliners are Graham Clifford, AF Harrold, Sian S Rathore, Kevin Reinhardt, Niall Spooner-Harvey and Gordon Zola (7.30pm, £5 / £4).

Sunday: Musa Okwonga, Mark Gwynne Jones, Agnes Meadows and Ann Le provide the verse bit of Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott’s (7.30pm, £8).

Let your mind wander with road tales from Storytellers’ Club at the Pleasance: fellow questers are Mark Thomas, Isy Suttie, Jim Bob, James Dowdeswell and Sarah Bennetto (8pm, £10 / £7).

Monday: The Book Stops Here (8pm, free) brings two of its best loved readers back to Denmark Street: the wonderful Evie Wyld and no-less marvellous Adam Marek, who will show rookies Elanor Dymott, Mez Packer and Ben Masters how it’s done.

Tuesday: Hear new work read by actors at Liars’ League. This month the theme is Hired & Fired (7.30pm, £5).

Costa winner Andrew Miller talks about his work at Foyles (6.30pm, free but reserve a place by email).

Joshua Idehen, Belinda Zhawi, Alain English and Clair Whitefield have worked with Aoife Mannix to produce a 20 minute epic poem each – see them performed at the Soho Theatre (8pm, £8 / £6).

Jehane Markham, Thoms Orszag-Land, Abi Curtis and Pascal O’Loughlin perform at the Betsey Trotwood for Ambit Magazine (6.45pm, free).

You all loved hearing that Bob, the cat from Angel, had a book deal. That book is now written and you can meet Bob and his human other half, James Bowen, at Islington Waterstones from 6pm.

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

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