London Book And Poetry Events: 10-16 October 2013

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

Thursday 10 October

Helen Fielding is at Foyles signing copies of the new Bridget Jones novel. Yes, it’s out. You may have missed the news due to limited press coverage. You’re pretty much going to have to book a place just to get in the queue. Free event + price of book, 12pm

Some tickets seem to have become available for Michael Palin at Wimbledon BookFest (£15, 8.15pm); and/or you can see Roy Hattersley (£12.50, 6.15pm).

Conn Iggulden has a new historical series, this time set in the Wars of the Roses. Find out about it at Waterstones Piccadilly. £5 / £3, 6.30pm

Jeanette Winterson is reading at the Wapping Project. £6, 7pm

Roger Robinson and Stan Skinny are the guests at Bang Said the Gun stand up poetry night in SE1. £7 / £5, 8pm

London Liming meets Chill Pill at Rich Mix, with Simon Mole, John Agard, Jessica Care Moore, Deanna Rodger, Raymond Antrobus, the Roundhouse Poets and more. £10 / £8, 7.30pm

Jean Sprackland, Christopher Reid and Helen Mort perform Poetry at the Print Room in Notting Hill. £10, 7.30pm

Poetry meets biomedical science at Keats House tonight. Free, prebook, 7pm

Friday 11 October

The Wood Green Literary Festival starts with Travis Elborough and Max Décharné talking about the way London history can be stranger than fiction. £3, 7pm

Fleur Adock, Kevin Ireland and CK Stead read their poetry at Birkbeck University. £7 / £5, 7pm

Nigel Williams sets his comic novels around Wimbledon; it’s only appropriate he should be at the Wimbledon BookFest. £10, 8pm

Saturday 12 October

Saturday at Wimbledon BookFest has David Wood and Tim Vine for the kids, and Jay Rayner, Melissa Benn with Viv Groksop and Roddy Doyle talking to James Naughtie for the grown-ups.

Wood Green gets into full swing. We recommend Lucy Inglis on Georgian London (£3, 1.30pm), John Rogers on This Other London (£3, 3.30pm), Jake Arnott and Cathi Unsworth talking noir (£3, 4.30pm) and Crap London (£3, 5pm). There’s loads of stuff for kids, too.

Children’s author Trish Cooke is at Camberwell Library at 11am and Peckham Library at 2.30pm

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is at Housmans to recount the overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende. Free, 6.30pm

Sally Pomme Clayton tells a story of a night visit, with sound and film accompaniment, at Rich Mix. £9 / £7, 8pm

Sunday 13 October

Authors shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize read from their novels at the Southbank Centre. £12 / £10, 7.30pm

It’s the last day of Wimbledon BookFest, going out in style with Margaret Drabble, Paul O’Prey, Darcey Bussell, Michelle Paver and Cerys Matthews.

Wood Green also draws to a close. Start early with a literary bike ride (£5, 9am), or for the less active try some short crime fiction (£3, 1pm), London’s history through crime fiction (£3, 3pm), the Big Green Bookswap (£3, 3.30pm) or a big quiz with Greg Stekelman (£10 a team, 7.30pm). And again, don’t forget the young ‘uns.

HKB Finn, Grim Chip, Burn After Reading, Domingo Candelario and Cecilia W Anderson join Jumoke Fashola for Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott’s. £8, 7.30pm

Enfield Poets make the trip to Kentish Town as the guests at Torriano Poets. £5 / £3, 7.30pm

Monday 14 October

See Simon Mole’s spoken word journey through a family’s evening meal, at the Southbank Centre today and Tuesday. £8, 7.30pm

Ross Sutherland, Amy Acre and Richard Marsh perform at Hammer and Tongue at the Green Note in Camden. £5, 7.30pm

Philip Oltermann and Miranda Seymour talk about the Anglo-German relationship, at the Courtauld Institute for the Royal Society of Literature. £8 / £5, 7pm

Tall Lighthouse presents an open mic night at the Poetry Cafe. 8pm

Tuesday 15 October

Gary Younge and Hannah Pool talk about the forgotten heroes of black history, at the Southbank Centre. £10, 7.45pm

Valerie Russ, who found 10,000 lions in London’s streets (and told us about it) is at the City of Westminster Archives Centre. Free, prebook, 6pm

Peter Conradi, who wrote The King’s Speech, is at Daunt Books Marylebone talking about a meeting between FDR and George VI on the eve of WW2. £8, 7pm

Dorothy Koomson is talking about and reading from her work at Canada Water Library. Free, prebook, 7pm

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

John McHugo gives a concise history of the Arabs at Kensington Central Library in this pre-London History Festival event. £5 / £3, 6.30pm

Dan Hancox talks to Paul Mason about a village in Spain trying to create a Communist utopia, at Foyles. £5 / £3, 6.30pm

David Graeber, author of The Democracy Project, is at the Southbank Centre discussing the Occupy movement. £8, 6.30pm

Wilbur Smith signs copies of his latest novel at Waterstones Piccadilly from 5.30pm

Wednesday 16 October

Cat lovers make a purr-line for West Hampstead where Tom Cox is talking about The Good, The Bad and The Purry at West End Lane Books. Free, prebook, 7.30pm

Tim Dee and James Cook present the most requested poems in the history of Poetry Please to mark a new anthology, at Foyles. £3, 6.30pm

Explore the poetry of Vladimir Nabakov with Poet in the City at Waterstones Piccadilly. £9.50 / £7.50, 6.30pm

Dinah Livingstone reads her poems at Swiss Cottage library. Free, 6pm

Poets from Woking and Brondesbury go head to head at the Poetry Cafe‘s Stanza Bonanza. Free, 7.30pm

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