London Book And Poetry Events: 13-19 February

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

Wednesday 13 February: There might be a few tickets left for Stephen Grosz and Andrew Solomon talking with Cressida Connolly at Lutyens & Rubinstein (7pm, £8).

Peter Dwyer and Leo Zeilig discuss the democratic transformation of Southern Africa at Housmans (7pm, £3).

Thursday 14 February: AF Harrold and Deanna Rodger are the guests joining the regulars at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £7 / £5).

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Richard Sennett talk about music at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £7).

Anwar Hamad launches his novel Jaffa Prepares Morning Coffee at the Mosaic Rooms (7pm, free).

Julia Eccleshare, James Dawson, Gemma Malley, Abigail Gibbs and Maureen Johnson ponder why so much teenage fiction is based in the supernatural at the Southbank Centre (5pm, £3).

Mellow Baku, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, John Agard, Jelena Curcic and Mello Baku all perform at a chilled out love special of London Liming at Rich Mix (8pm, £8 / £6).

Friday 15 February: Jonathan Coe, Philip Tew and Julia Jordan celebrate the life of BS Johnson at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Jasmine Ann Cooray, Andy V. Frost, Lisa Kelly and Patric Cunnane perform at Dodo Modern Poets at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5).

Jeremy Reed and the Ginger Light perform spoken word with soundscapes at the National Portrait Gallery (6.30pm, free).

Saturday 16 February: Michael Rosen and Laura Dockrill perform fantastic poetry at the Southbank Centre (11am, £8 / £4).

Loads of venues around London are taking part in the Children’s Book Swap. Have a look at the World Book Day website for more information.

Sunday 17 February: Vila’s Mountain, a show of Serbian fairy tales for adults, starts a run at the Playhouse at Cable Street Studios (7.30pm, £5 / £7).

Brilliant children’s writers and illustrators Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve run two monster workshops at the Southbank Centre (10.30am / 2.30pm, free).

Judith Kerr talks about her life and stories at the Southbank Centre (1pm, £8 / £4).

John Hegley’s performing his Adventures of Monsieur Robinet show as part of the Southbank Centre‘s Imagine Children’s Festival, but it’s also very suitable for adults (11am, £8 / £4).

Monday 18 February: Take the kids to explore shanties and misheard song lyrics with Holly Pester at the Southbank Centre (10.30am / 1.30pm, free).

Lara Fiegel’s The Love-Charm of Bombs looks at how writers saw the London Blitz. Find out more at Daunt Books Marylebone (7pm, £8).

James Lasdun talks to Susie Orbach about his memoir of being stalked, at the Royal Society of Literature (7pm, £8).

Jonathan Kemp talks about his books London Triptyph and Twentysix at the Islington Museum (1pm, free).

Tuesday 19 February: Jim Crace talks about Harvest, his last novel before he retires, at Foyles (6.30pm, free but book in advance).

Anthony Horowitz chats about his books and inspiration at the Southbank Centre (3pm, £8 / £4).

If you couldn’t get into the James Lasdun event at the RSL, he’s also telling the London Review Bookshop about his true experience of being stalked (7pm, £7).

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

Hear short stories by Jude Cook, Kerry Fowler, James O’Neill, Jonathan Skan, Kim Whatmore and Judith Wilson at Vanguard Readings at The Bear in Camberwell (7.30pm, free).

Live Canon are holding a poetry party for kids aged 5-8 at Greenwich Theatre (10.30am / 12pm, £7.50).

Jeff Hilson and Elizabeth Guthrie are the poets performing at The Blue Bus. Also expect music at The Lamb (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

The Lumen Poetry Series presents Alan Brownjohn and Leah Fritz. Ruth O’Callaghan hosts (6.30pm, £5 / £4).

Book ahead: The Big Green Bookshop is running two events likely to be very popular: a book swap with India Knight (26 February, 7.30pm, £5) and Tracey Thorn talking to Pete Paphides (6 March, 7pm, £20 with book, £10 without).

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