London Book And Poetry Events: 14-20 March

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

Thursday 14 March: It’s actually a bit embarrassing how much Londonist’s Books ed loves A.L. Kennedy. Find out why at the London Review Bookshop as she talks about her latest collection, On Writing (7pm, £7).

Nathan Filer and Rosie Garland join the regular Bang Said the Gun crew at the Roebuck (8pm, £7 / £5).

Discover Shakespeare’s links with the Clerkenwell underworld with Dr Duncan Salkeld at Islington Museum (6.30pm, free).

Moniza Alvi, Vahni Capildeo, Leah Fritz, Myra Schneider and Seni Seneviratne perform poetry at Lauderdale House (8pm, £5 / £3).

Stephen Grosz talks about his new book The Examined Life with Wendy Cope at Waterstones Hampstead (7pm, £5).

Friday 15 March: Actors Rebecca Steele and Daniel Dresner perform works about Soho, including from Virginia Woolf, Samuel Johnson, William Burroughs, Casanova and Lenny Bruce (8pm, £10).

Stephen Appleby, Karen McLeod, Will David and Lucy Danser are the guests for Polari’s literary salon at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £5).

Chrys Salt and Alan Franks present an evening of poetry, music and humour at Keats House (7.30pm, free but book in advance).

There’s poetry in Spanish and English with Lindsey Ford, Angel-Luis Hernandes-Frances, Keith Jarrett, Maria Teresa Lander, Susana Medina, Katrina Quinn and Isabel del Rio at Farrago’s SLAM at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5).

Simon Mole and John Berkavitch are working up new spoken word shows at Canada Water Culture Space (7.15pm, free).

Saturday 16 March: Genuinely can’t find anything happening today. There must be; let us know what we’ve missed in the comments.

Sunday 17 March: Jo Shapcott, Lorna Goodson and Nii Ayikwei Parkes celebrate Poems on the Underground at Keats House (7pm, £6).

There’s a literary St Patrick’s Day bash at the Southbank Centre with new novelists Peter Murphy, Lucy Caldwell and Claire Kilroy (7.45pm, £8).

Anne Stewart and Jo Peters Read are the guests at Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Eliza Shaddad, Charlie Dupree, Torben Tietz, Julie Mayhew, Bobbie Darbyshire, Megan Beech and Dan Simpson explore History and Herstory through music and words at The Book Club (6.30pm, £5).

Monday 18 March: Hear poets Alice Oswald and Robin Robertson at Somerset House with the Royal Society of Literature (7pm, £8 / £5).

Laydeez Do Comics bring artists Elliot Baggott, Nina Burrowes and Annie Lawson to Foyles (6pm, free).

Claire Armitstead talks to novelist Louisa Young and surgeon Iain Hutchison about the role of art in war at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).

Paddy Ashdown discusses the wartime exploits of the Cockleshell Heroes, at Durning Library (6.45pm, £2).

Niall O’Sullivan and Dan Simpson are working out new material at the Poetry Society Studio (7.30pm, free but donation optional).

Javier Marias talks about his newest book The Infatuations at Waterstones Piccadilly (6.30pm, £5 / £3).

Tuesday 19 March: Oliver James reveals how to survive office politics, at Daunt Books Cheapside (6.30pm, £5).

Over at Daunt Books Marylebone, Sara Wheeler talks about 19th century women travelling America (7pm, £8).

Crime/SF/thriller authors Peter James and Michael Marshall talk about their latest novels at Foyles (6.30pm, £3).

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

Gillian Allnut, Elaine Feinstein and Fiona Sampson are the performers at Lumen Poetry Series (6.30pm, £5 / £4).

Carol Watts, Nat Raha and Gareth Farmer read at The Blue Bus poetry night at The Lamb (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Wednesday 20 March: It’s your chance to find out everything you ever wanted to know about anarchism but were afraid to ask, with Iain McKay at Housmans (7pm, £3).

Daunt Books Chelsea hosts a crime evening with Teresa Solana and Anne Cleeves (7pm, free but book ahead).

Can’t make it to the London Review Bookshop on Thursday? Never fear, A.L. Kennedy is at Waterstones Piccadilly talking about On Writing (6.30pm, £5 / £3).

Javier Marias is also on his second event of the week, this time at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £10).

Hear East London Line stories from Stations at Greenwich’s MVMNT cafe (7pm, free).

Linda Black launches Son of a Shoemaker, poems based on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen, at the Poetry Cafe (6.30pm, free).

Malika Booker presents new work from Laurie Bolger, Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson, Tolu Agbelusi and Kyrill Potapov at the Gallery Cafe (7.30pm, £5 . £4),

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