London Book And Poetry Events: 7-13 November

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

Wednesday: It’s the final Homework of the season (sob). Find out whether Joe Dunthorne, Ross Sutherland, Luke Wright, Tim Clare, John Osborne and special guest managed to make any videos go viral this summer (7.30pm, £5).

Guy Fraser-Sampson talks about the state of the economy and why politicians can’t sort it out, at the Richmond Literature Festival (7pm, £7.50 / £6).

Chris McCabe and Jacob Polley read from their new collections at the Southbank Centre (6.30pm, £8).

Thursday: Inua Ellams, Rachel Rose Reid (pictured), Jonny Fluffypunk, Maria Ferguson and Shane Solanki perform at Tongue Fu over at Rich Mix (8pm, £7 / £5). Chris Redmond hosts.

Ben Mellor and The Fugitives are the guests at tonight’s Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

Chibundo Onuzo and Noo Saro-Wiwa are at Deptford Lounge chatting about their new books (7pm, free).

Survivors’ Poetry at the Poetry Cafe features Frank Bangay, Joe Bidder, Hilary Porter and Peter Campbell (7.30pm, £3.50 / £2.50).

Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Brian Docherty, Owen Gallagher and Ruth Valentine are four poets from the Smokestack stable, all reading at Alexandra Park Library (7pm, free).

Hear poets Shanta Acharya, Dan Burt, Michael Schmidt and Jane Yeh at Lauderdale House in Highgate (8pm, £5 / £3).

This digital publishing event at Rich Mix is a bit short notice, but lots of fantastic authors (Gemma Seltzer, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Lisa Gee, Courttia Newland, Tom Chivers) are involved so we thought we’d let you know (11am, £39).

Friday: The Writeidea Festival couldn’t have a better guest to kick things off: head to the Idea Store to see Rotters’ Club author Jonathan Coe (7pm, free).

Two events from the South Asian Literature Festival are happening at the British Library: John Keay, Timeri Murari, Susan Stronge and Fergus Nicoll debate what the Mughals did for South Asia (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5), and later there’s a Mughal Nites party with Ash Kumar and fabulous artist-in-residence Christopher Green (7.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Lucinda Riley talks about her novel The Light Behind the Window at the Richmond Literature Festival (7pm, £10 / £8.50).

James Webster performs his poetry at the Tea Box in Richmond (8pm, free).

The latest round of the Farrago SLAM! Championships takes place at the RADA Foyer Bar (7pm, £6 / £5).

The Reverend Richard Coles is at the Big Green Bookshop‘s book swap (7.30pm, £5).

The London Storytelling Festival begins with Rachel Rose Reid looking at fairytales (7pm, £10 / £8) and Story Jam telling tales through song (9pm, £10 / £8).

Saturday: Meet The Gentle Author, behind Spitalfields Life blog, at The Idea Store (2pm, free).

Take the kids to meet award winning children’s author Ian Beck at the Richmond Literature Festival (10.30am, £4). Adults can see Mary Hamer talking about her first novel Kipling & Trix (3pm, £7.50 / £6) and playwright Stephen Cooper (7.30pm, £7.50 / £6).

Catch Deborah Frances-White, Martin Dockery and John Luke Roberts at the London Storytelling Festival.

Joseph D’Lacey launches his collection of short stories at the Big Green Bookshop (7pm, free).

Sunday: Comic storyteller Asher Treleaven is at the London Storytelling Festival (9pm, £10 / £8).

It’s your third chance this week to catch Rachel Rose Reid, this time at the Richmond Literature Festival as she runs a storytelling workshop for children and parents (11.30am, £4) and later, tells tales with tea (3pm, £5 including cake). At 7pm, be sure to go see Roger McGough at Kitson Hall (£10 / £8.50).

Find out about the Poems on the Underground initiative, and hear some of the new ones, at Keats House (4pm, free).

Jumoke Fashola introduces Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott’s, with Malika Booker, HKB Finn and the busiest poet in town this week, Rachel Rose Reid (8.30pm, £8).

Monday: Graphic novelist and creator of the Bechdel Test, Alison Bechdel is at Foyles talking about her memoirs (6.30pm, £6 / £3).

John Banville, Lee Child, Sophie Hannah and Peter James consider whether crime is the new literary fiction, at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).

Explore murderous London with David Long at the Writeidea Festival in Whitechapel (7pm, free).

Tuesday: Juan Gabriel Vasquez talks about his latest novel at Daunt Books in Marylebone (7pm, £8).

Granta launches its latest issue with a clutch of young Brazilian novelists at Foyles (6.30pm, free).

Look over your shoulder at Liars’ League: the theme is treason and plot (7.30pm, £5).

Celebrate the English translation of Time of White Horses with author Ibrahim Nasrallah at the Mosaic Rooms (7pm, free).

Nigel Jones looks at the history of the Tower of London at the Writeidea Festival (2pm, free).

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

Malika Booker and Jazzman John Clarke are poets Made in Greenwich (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Chris McCabe, Katrina Naomi and Alison Winch are at Wilton’s Music Hall to tell stories of the Pilgrimage Project (8pm, £10).

Book ahead: If you fancy having dinner with Val McDermid, head to Dulwich next Thursday (7.30pm, £25 / £29.95).

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