Wednesday 9 January: Jonathan Fenby talks about China past and present at Foyles (6.15pm, free).
Hear poets Claire Crowther, Timothy Adès, Sharon Morris and David Morley plus take part in a Q&A with Long Poem Magazine editors Ann Vaughan-Williams, Lucy Hamilton and Linda Black at the Southbank Centre (8pm, free).
US poets Melissa Buckheit, Maxine Chernoff and Jaime Robles take part in the latest Shearsman Reading Series at Swedenborg Hall (7.30pm, free).
Tim Wells and Porky the Poet (AKA Phill Jupitus) join the regular crew for Bang Said the Gun at the Roebuck for a spot of stand up poetry (8pm, £5).
Chris Redmond hosts Tongue Fu at Rich Mix (8pm, £8 / £6), with John Hegley, Anna Freeman, Adam Kammerling and guests from the Roundhouse Poetry Collective.
Friday 11 January: Tim Parks and Swiss author Peter Stamm are in conversation at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £10).
Adam Horovitz and guests are at the Poetry Cafe, with music from Adam Donen (7.30pm, £5).
Saturday 12 January: Take the kids to Ealing Broadway Waterstones to see Marianne Levy read from her latest Ellie May book (11am, free).
Tom Bland, Errol McGlashan and Benedict Newbery are the established acts performing at Platform 1 at the Poetry Cafe. Get there for 7.30pm to sign up for open mic (8pm, £5 / £4).
Sunday 13 January: Francesca Beard, Deanna Rodger, Zia Ahmed, Rosie Adé and Colin Salmon – yes, that Colin Salmon – join Jumoke Fashola for Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott’s (7.30pm, £8).
Apples and Snakes has helped produce The Rememberers at the Old Vic Tunnels, a live hip-hop graphic novel for teenagers. Performances until Friday, tickets £14 / £9 / £5).
Ariadne’s Thread launches its fourth issue at The Old Ship in Richmond (7.30pm, free).
The Poetry Cafe‘s regular open mic night is taking registrations between 6-7pm. Niall O’Sullivan hosts (7.30pm, £5 / £4).
Frances Presley and Geraldine Monk read at The Blue Bus in The Lamb (7.30pm, £5 / £3).
Chris McCabe, Lorraine Mariner, Pascal O’Loughlin and Chrissy Williams perform at the Lumen Poetry Series (7pm, £5 / £4, all proceeds to Cold Weather Shelter).
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