London Book And Poetry Events: 28 March-3 April

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

Thursday 28 March: Joe Dunthorne, Luke Wright and Josie Long are at excellent comedy purveyors Invisible Dot for a crossover night of stories and comedy. Liam Williams hosts (7.45pm, £8).

There’s more comedy/stories crossover at the Good Ship in Kilburn for Tall Tales, with Robert Hudson, Marie Phillips, Ian Leslie, John Finnemore, Gareth Edwards, Toby Davies, Benet Brandreth and Helen Arney (8pm, £5).

Bang Said the Gun have been doing poetry-as-comedy for ages. Check out the regulars plus guests Harry Baker and Monkey Poet at the Roebuck (8pm, £7 / £5).

Craig Taylor chats about his fantastic book Londoners at the Guildhall Library (6pm, £5, book in advance).

Al Alvarez discusses his new book, Pondlife, at the Bloomsbury Institute (6pm, £30 including book).

Molly Naylor finishes her run of My Robot Heart at the Battersea Arts Centre (8.30pm, £10 / £8).

Waterstones Covent Garden has Kevin Maher chatting about his novel The Fields (6pm, £4 / £3).

Friday 29 March: Dean Atta and Deanna Rodger present spoken word and food at Come Rhyme with Me, Cotton’s Restaurant (7pm, £12.50 / £7.50).

Saturday 30 March: Amy Key, Jacqui Saphra and Gale Burns host The Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

See what happens when words are mixed with visual art, at Craft Central, with Selina Nwulu, Daniel Lehan, Greta Healy, Robyn Comfort and Bill Vine (7pm, £5 / £3).

Monday 1 April: Mohsin Hamid launches his new novel How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £8).

Foyles booksellers at Westfield White City are doing storytelling sessions for ages 5+ from 3pm.

Tuesday 2 April: Cityread London kicks off with a party and librarian DJ slamdown at the Free Word Centre (5.30pm, free).

Matt Baylis reads from and talks about his Wood Green-based crime novel A Death at the Palace at the Wood Green-based Big Green Bookshop (7pm, free but RSVP).

Ten poets – including Kate Tempest, Sabrina Mahfouz, Chris McCabe and Sam Riviere – present specially commissioned works around the Hayward Gallery’s blockbuster (for good reason) Light Show exhibition (7.30pm and 8pm, £15, ticket includes entrance to exhibition).

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

Wednesday 3 April: SF authors Mercurio D Rivera, Ian Whates, Paul Cornell, James Lovegrove and Martin Sketchley celebrate the launch of Solaris 2 at Waterstones Gower Street (6.30pm, free, email to reserve a place).

Over at Waterstones Piccadilly, Rachel Cusk discusses teaching creative writing with poet Jane Yeh, who will also read from her latest collection (7pm, free but email to reserve a place).

The poets are back for two more performances at Light Show (7.30pm and 8pm, £15).

Poets from Southwark and Palmers Green go head to head at the Poetry Cafe‘s Stanza Bonanza (7.30pm, free).

Italian filmmakers Tonino Guerra and Pier Paolo Pasolini were also poets. Gareth Evans, Cristina Viti and Stephen Watts host an evening focusing on their written works at the Poetry Library (8pm, free, email to reserve a place).

Book ahead: Well, this will be busy: Neil Gaiman is at the Royal Society of Literature on 17 June. Book fast, book now (£8 / £5).

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