London Book And Poetry Events: 5-11 December

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

Thursday 5 December

Atilla the Stockbroker, Phil Herbert and Cheryl McLennan are at Kentish Town Library for A Bookish Evening, raising money for C4WS Homeless Project. £5.95, 7.30pm

Celebrate Maureen Duffy at 80 with a full day of events at King’s College, featuring Anne Sebba, Maggie Gee, Alan Brownjohn, Ruth Fainlight and more. Free, prebook, 9.30am start

Daniel Rosenthal talks with Adrian Scarborough about the National Theatre and his new book on its 50 years, at Foyles. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

It’s the Bang Said the Gun Christmas Special, with Molly Naylor and all kinds of festive treats at the Roebuck. £7 / £5, 8pm

Faber hosts a Christmas party at its Bloomsbury office, with readings from Wendy Cope, Daljit Nagra and Clare Pollard. Plus mince pies and music. £8, 6.30pm

Take the kids to meet Lauren Child at Daunt Books Fulham Road. Free, 5pm

Dannie Abse reads from his latest collection, Speak, Old Parrot, at Waterstones Hampstead. £6 / £4, 7pm

Carlos Acosta and his editor Bill Swainson discuss the dancer’s novel Pig’s Foot, at the Bloomsbury Institute. £30 including book, 6.30pm

Justin Cartwright reads from Lion Heart at Waterstones Islington. £5 / £3, 6.30pm

Lionel Shriver reads at the Wapping Project. Go now before it’s taken over. £6, 7pm

Join in an open mic at the Poetry Cafe – sign up by 2.30pm. Free, 3pm

Stinky Bear Press brings poets including Sophie Mayer, James Wilkes, Camilla Nelson, Björn Brekkusnigill and more to Stoke Newington for Venus as a Bear, a night of Björk-ish poetry (geddit?!). Free, 7.30pm

Waterstones Piccadilly‘s annual Christmas author extravaganza is tonight, with Michael Rosen, The Gentle Author, Hadley Freeman, Simon Garfield, Mark Kermode and just tons more. From 6.30pm

Friday 6 December

This should be brilliant: Tongue Fu meets Anti Slam at Rich Mix, featuring Adam Kammerling, Kat Francois, Ross Sutherland, Dan Simpson, Chris Redmond, Nathan Penlington and more. £8 / £6, 8pm

Robert Hampson, Jean Portante and Zoe Skoulding read their poetry at Xing the Line in Clerkenwell. £10, 7.30pm

Ruth O’Callaghan presents Patricia Averbach, Jane Blank, Gillian Henchley and Ann Pilling at Lumen Poetry in Camden. No price given, but previous events were £5 / £4, 7pm

Isabel Greenberg talks about her new graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, at Waterstones Covent Garden. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

Saturday 7 December

See Anthony Horowitz at St James Theatre talking about his Alex Rider novels. Book through Waterstones, £10 including goody bag, 11am

John Hegley hosts Elevenses at the Poetry Cafe with guests. £6 / £5, 11am

SW Zines hosts a Christmas social at Housmans. Free, bring a bottle, 7pm

Join writers, editors and publishers as they debate who are the gatekeepers of fiction publishing, in a Spread the Word event at the Free Word Centre. £20 / £10, 6pm

Go to Waterstones Chiswick from 4.30pm to meet local authors, with choirs and nibbles.

Sunday 8 December

Raymond Antrobus, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Burton Bradstock, Sh’maya and Roger Robinson join Jumoke Fashola, David Grant and Garth Crooks (yes, that Garth Crooks) for Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott’s. £8, 7.30pm

Eyewear poets Barbara Marsh, Caleb Klaces, Kate Noakes and Sheila Hillier are introduced by Todd Swift at Torriano Poets in Kentish Town. £5 / £3, 7.30pm

Monday 9 December

An exhibition featuring dedications found in second hand books starts today at Foyles and runs to 30 December. Free

Philip Hoare is the big draw at this month’s Polari at the Southbank Centre, but don’t knock Barbara Brownskirt and music from Marcus Reeves. £5, 7.45pm

AC Grayling talks about friendship at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. £10 / £12, 8pm

Tall Lighthouse publishing hosts an open mic night at the Poetry Cafe. Free, 7.30pm

Tuesday 10 December

Actors tell new stories of snow and stars at Liars League, but don’t expect it to be all twinkly: there are tales of anti-Fascist gardeners and Santa on a massive coke bender. Head to the Phoenix for free mince pies. £5, 7pm

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

Wednesday 11 December

Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman sign copies of The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World at Waterstones Leadenhall Market. From 1pm, arrive early.

Agnes Meadow hosts the Poetry Cafe‘s night for women writers of all genres, Loose Muse. £5 / £3, 8pm

Stephen Grosz is among the guests at Waterstones Hampstead‘s authors evening from 6pm

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