London Book And Poetry Events: 25 April-1 May

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

Thursday 25 April: John Berkavitch, Laurie Bulger and April resident poet Stephanie Dogfoot are the guests at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £7 / £5).

Will Self, Patrick Ness and host Dominic Frisby are all at Book Slam at Clapham Grand (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

Alex Wheatle, Jake Arnott and Kate Fox join a night of stories, stand up and songs about the transformatory power of books in prisons, with English PEN, at Rich Mix (7pm, £7 / £5).

Iain Sinclair, Tom Chivers, Katy Darby and Clare Fisher give their takes on London at Toynbee Studios for Annexe’s Words on Cities (7.30pm, £7).

See John Hegley at the Keats Community Library in Hampstead (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Booker Prize 2012 longlisted author Sam Thompson talks about Communion Town at Waterstones Covent Garden (6pm, £4 / £3).

RSVP to editors@thewhitereview.org to get access to The White Review Short Story Prize party at Apartment 58 at Centre Point (7pm, free).

Louise Millar discusses Accidents Happen at West End Lane Books (7pm, free).

Go for the £50 supper ticket at Salena Godden’s Book Club Boutique and see Maggie Gee, Lemn Sissay, Irfan Masters and Roland Chambers, or the £10 party ticket (from 10pm) and see performances by Adam Kammlering and Robert Auton among others.

It’s a (possibly dysfunctional) family affair at the Poetry Cafe with Emma Fleming, Stephanie Gerra, Stephanie Goldberg, Irving Jones and Stephen Keyworth (8pm).

Friday 26 April: Paul Bailey, Kerry Hudson, Rebecca Chance and Fidelis Morgan are the guests at super-popular salon Polari at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £5).

Matthew Caley and John Harvey join Hylda Sims for Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5).

Saturday 27 April: New children’s imprint Flying Eye Books is hosting two workshops at Foyles aimed at young graphic artists: Welcome to your Awesome Robot with Viviane Schwarz (10.30am, £8) and Wild Animals and Curious Creatures with Emily Hughes (1.30pm, £15).

The Word Factory invites you to an evening with Lionel Shriver at The Society Club (6pm, £10). There’s a writing masterclass earlier in the day, with Michèle Roberts, Adam Marek and agent Carrie Kania (£195).

Jack Underwood, Katherine Angel, Emily Berry, Caleb Klaces and Jonny Reid, er, read at the launch of Clinic III at the Son Gallery in Peckham (7pm,free).

Utter! returns for Richard Tyrone Jones’s 33 and 1/3 birthday with too many guests to mention, at the Star of Kings (3pm going on all night, £3.33).

Sarah Parker, Cherry Potts, Amma Poku and Hazel Talbot talk about London books and Cityread title A Week in December, at Ealing Library (2.30pm, £2).

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

Sunday 28 April: David Ayres talks with Arnold Jansen op de Haar about his new novel A Painted Ocean, at The Mitre in W2 (5pm, £5).

Take the kids to the Albany for a production of children’s classic Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (1pm / 3pm, £7).

Sarah Doyle introduces Highgate Poets Miriam Halahmy, Anne Ballard, Anna Meryt and Paul Stephenson at Torriano Poetry (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday 29 April: Sheila Heti, Howard Marks and Cleo Rocos are the guests of the Vintage podcast recording at The Queen’s Head (7pm, £6).

Peter Brook talks to Mark Lawson about his new collection of essays on Shakespeare, at the National Theatre (6pm, £4 / £3).

Charlie Dark presents new work from young poets for Cape Farewell’s SWITCH showcase at Rich Mix (6pm, free).

Spring is coming: celebrate with poems by Wendy Shutler and songs by Ivor Game with Ben Richardson at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £4).

Tuesday 30 April: Terry Pratchett and Rob Wilkins headline a night of spoken word for Dignity in Dying at the Union Chapel, also featuring Joe Dunthorne, Luke Wright, Deborah Moggach, Janet Suzman, John Osborne and Susan Hampshire (7pm, £23).

Kate Mosse talks to Eve Pollard about her life and work over lunch at Fortnum and Mason from 12pm. Tickets are £75 and the event is in aid of charity Wellbeing of Women.

AC Grayling discusses humanism at the Bloomsbury Institute (6pm, £30, includes copy of book).

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

William Sutcliffe and John McCarthy talk about Israel and Palestine at Lutyens & Rubinstein (7pm, £8).

Sabrina Mahfouz, Anthony Anaxagorou, Deanna Rodger, Dean Atta, Chimene Suleyman, Bridget Minamor and Zia Ahmed perform poetry at the Bush Theatre (7pm, free but book ahead).

Modern poets, including John Clegg, Emma Hammond, Kate Wise and Rachel Piercey, perform their responses to Viking poetry at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green (7.30pm, free).

Wednesday 1 May: Lloyd Shepherd, Amanda Craig, Suzi Feay, Emran Mian and Meike Ziervogel are reading about Monsters at the Working Men’s College Library in Camden (7pm, free).

Crime writers Arne Dahl, Antti Tuomainen, Stuart Neville are in conversation at Waterstones Piccadilly (6.30pm, £5 / £3).

Catch award winning poet and novelist Ron Rash at Lutyens & Rubinstein (7pm, £5).

Liverpool-based Catherine Butterworth, Eleanor Rees and Rebecca Sharp perform at the Poetry Library (8pm, free).

Cinnamon Press’s Daphne Gloag and Edward Ragg launch collections at the Poetry Cafe (7pm).

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