London Book And Poetry Events: 21-27 November

Author appearances, poetry and spoken word events in London this week

Wednesday 21 November: Simon Garfield turns his attention from fonts to maps at Daunt Books Marylebone (7pm, £8).

The people who brought you London Lies now bring you Stations, a short story anthology along the London Overground, at Clapham Books (7.30pm, free).

Hsiao-Hung Pai looks at China’s rural migrants at Foyles (6.30pm, free).

Pete Brown introduces his excellent history of Borough’s George Inn at the Richmond Literature Festival (7.30pm, £10 / £8.50).

Amber Ablett takes apart song lyrics (7pm, free) and there are songs and stories of Scott’s Antarctic expedition (7.30pm, free) at the Peckham Literary Festival.

Too many poets to list read Poems for Pussy Riot at the Free Word Centre (7pm, £3).

Apples and Snakes present four new 20 minute poems from Carmina Masoliver, Selina Nwulu, Anthony Hett and Errol McGlashan, mentored by Malika Booker. See them at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green (7.30pm, £5 / £4).

Thursday 22 November: Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and Molly Naylor are the guests at Bang Said the Gun – who are quite excited about this gig (8pm, £5).

Glyn Maxwell presents his sell-out guide to poetry at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £7).

Londonist Out Loud host N Quentin Woolf hosts the Open Pen event at the Shooting Star (7pm, £10 / £8).

Fabulous Joe Dunthorne is doing a reading and signing at The Book Box in Hackney (7pm, £3).

David Steel, Paul Flynn and Philip Norton discuss the Parliamentarians who have inspired them, at Portcullis House as part of Parliament Week (6pm, free).

Jonathan Dimbleby talks about El Alamein at the Richmond Literature Festival (3pm, £10 / £8.50), then Jane Robinson has a history of the Women’s Institute (7pm, £7.50 / £6).

Pairs of British writers and Israeli film-makers Tom Raworth and Avi Dabach, Emanuella Amichai and SJ Fowler, and Tim Atkins and Ran Slavin have teamed up to create Cinepoems, screened at Rich Mix (7.30pm, free).

Friday 23 November: Lisa Ballantyne and Charlie Campbell are at the Peckham Literary Festival to discuss blame and guilt in fiction and non-fiction (7pm, free).

John Hegley and Chris Hardy are the poets at Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe (8pm).

Nia Davies and Edward Mackay launch two new poetry pamphlets with Salt at The Betsey Trotwood (7.30pm, free).

Saturday 24 November: Enjoy a chocolate tasting with Chantal Coady at Daunt Books Marylebone (2pm).

Judith Kerr introduces her picture book The Great Granny Gang at the Richmond Literature Festival (11am, £5).

Colleen Laybourne-Smith reads from The Tales of Mr and Mrs Bartholomew Fox at Clapham Books (2pm, free).

Richard Barnett and Peter Hobbs debate what makes a good death, at the Peckham Literary Festival (7pm, free).

Chris Ford is at Housmans looking at the lessons of the 1839 Chartist Insurrection (6.30pm, £3).

John Sutherland, Andrew Biswell and Alexandra Spencer-Jones discuss Anthony Burgess at the Soho Theatre, ahead of a performance of A Clockwork Orange (5pm, free).

Sunday 25 November: Michael Frayn talks about his new novel Skios at the Richmond Literature Festival (2.30pm, £12).

Take the kids to Peckham to help Alexis Deacon build a giant in Review Bookshop’s basement (1-3pm, free).

Tom Basden hosts The Special Relationship at The Book Club, with guests Guy Ware and Alex MacDonald (6.30pm, £5).

Monday 26 November: Susie Boyt, Neil Alexander, Jeff Kristian and Cherry Smyth are the guests at Polari (7.45pm, £5).

Pankaj Mistra and Michael Wood talk about the end of the Qing, Ottoman and Mughal Empires at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Catherine Edmunds launches her new novel Serpentine with the Gruntlers at the Poetry Cafe (7pm).

Tuesday 27 November: Robert Crighton tells comic ghost stories at the Barons Court Theatre Tue-Sat until 6 January (various times, £12 / £10).

Ray Monk and Hermione Lee talk about biography – and they should know – at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £7).

Book Slam starts a three-day extravaganza with David Nicholls, Diana Evans, Marques Toliver and Dan Antopolski at the Clapham Grand (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

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

A Blakean Poetry Festival kicks off at Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead (£10 / £8).

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