London Book And Poetry Events: 7-13 March

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

Thursday 7 March: It’s World Book Day! Find out what’s happening near you with the World Book Day website.

Courttia Newland reads from his new novel The Gospel According to Cane at Clapham Books (7pm, free).

Former NME and Time Out music journalist Nick Coleman talks about his memoirs at Dulwich Books (7pm, £10, includes book and wine).

Amity Gaige, Emily Berry and Susie Steiner are chatting at Foyles (6.30pm, free but reserve a place in advance).

Political philosopher John Gray talks to Pankaj Mishra about his work and new book at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £7).

Dean Atta and Aja Monet join the regulars for stand up poetry at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £7 / £5).

Janett Plummer and Agnes Meadows perform poetry at Lewisham Library for International Women’s Week (8pm, free).

Swap a book at New Cross Learning and enjoy an exhibition of extreme reading (6.30pm, free).

SLAMbassadors run a spoken word masterclass (5pm) and gig (7.30pm) at the Poetry Cafe (£3).

Friday 8 March: Mel Jones is the guest poet for Poetry Jam at The Tea Box in Richmond (8pm, free).

Adriana Hunter and Polly McLean discuss translating sex at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £10).

Renowned historical novelist Vladimir Sharov is at Waterstones Piccadilly (6.30pm, £5).

Sally Blackmore launches a new poetry anthology at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm).

Saturday 9 March: Catch Salena Godden, Simon Mole and Byron Vincent at The Word House hosted by Dan Simpson (7.30pm, £4).

Naomi Wolf is talking about her work at the Southbank Centre (7.30pm, £10-£20).

Wendy Moore recounts the extraordinary decision of Thomas Day to raise a foundling into the perfect wife, at the Foundling Museum (2pm, free with entry to museum £7.50 / £5).

Catch Tom Bland, Errol McGlashan and Benedict Newbery plus up and coming poets at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £4).

Sunday 10 March: See Alice Walker and a documentary about her life and work at the Southbank Centre (6.30pm / 9.30pm, £10-£20).

Take the kids to meet authors Marianne Levy and Joe Craig, among other events, at Little Bookniks (various times, £5 per event).

Pick up cheap books at New Cross Learning (hardbacks £1, paperbacks five for £1) from 2pm.

Dean Atta, Aja Monet, Anthony Anaxagorou and Mark Gwynne Jones join Jumoke Fashola for Jazz Verse Jukebox (7.30pm, £8).

Monday 11 March: Lara Feigel talks to Juliet Gardiner at the Royal Society of Literature about writing the Blitz (7pm, £8 / £5).

If you missed him at the London Review Bookshop, John Gray discusses his new book The Silence of Animals with Adam Phillips at Daunt Books in Marylebone (7pm, £8).

Lucy Caldwell, Kit Caless, Will Storr and Beatrice Hitchman read from their work at literary party night The Book Stops Here (8pm, free).

Enjoy poetry from Hollie McNish, Zena Edwards and Apples and Snakes with your lunch, at St Thomas’ Hospital (1pm, free).

Coffee House Poetry takes Manhattan and other cities, at The Troubadour (8pm, £7 / £6).

Poet and media guru Demyan Kudryavtsev talks about the relationship between literature and the media at Waterstones Piccadilly (6.30pm, £5).

Tall Lighthouse press hosts a free night at the Poetry Cafe for poetry and storytelling (7.30pm).

Tuesday 12 March: Rob Auton, Tshaka Campbell, Sarah Williams White and The Insomniax join Poejazzi at Surya on Pentonville Road (7.30pm, £5).

Liars’ League is song and dance themed; head to the Phoenix for new stories read by actors (7.30pm, £5).

Tom Basden presents novelists Sarah Hall and Peter Hobbs for The Special Relationship at The Book Club (7.30pm, £5).

Russian writer Dmitry Bykov is talking (in Russian, mind) at Waterstones Piccadilly (6.30pm, £5).

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

Wednesday 13 March: Will Storr, Rebecca Wait, Melissa Harrison and Ian Kelly do battle at Literary Death Match (8.15pm, £6.50 / £9). Anna Raverat, Eos Chater and John Niven judge.

Andrew Wilson discusses his biography of Sylvia Plath at Waterstones Covent Garden (6pm, £4 / £3).

Alex Niven, Mark Fisher and Peter Fleming debate capitalism at Waterstones Trafalgar Square (7pm, £5).

Agnes Meadows hosts Loose Muse, a night for women writers, at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3).

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