London Book And Poetry Events: 23-29 January 2014

Christopher Fowler, at Polari on Friday

Christopher Fowler, at Polari on Friday

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

Thursday 23 January

Debut novelists Tom Finch, Barbara Marsh, Anthea Nicholson, Saira Shah and Jack Wolf are reading from their books at Camden Working Men’s College. Free, 7pm

Matthew Gregory and Francesco Pacifico are at Foyles to help launch issue 9 of The White Review. Free, 6.30pm

Daunt Books has two events in different venues: in Marylebone Horatio Clare discusses his latest, Down to the Sea in Ships (£8, 7pm) while at Keats House Rachel Cooke looks at ten astonishing women of the 1950s (£5, 7pm)

Liam Williams, Will Adamsdale and more tell stories of buildings at excellent comedy venue/promoter Invisible Dot in King’s Cross. £10, 7.45pm

Brian Patten and Mary Murphy are Bang Said the Gun‘s guests, down in SE1. £7 / £5, 8pm

Salena Godden, Alan Johnson, Jonathan Dimbleby, Kate Fox and Stephen Kelman ask if a silver spoon is necessary to be a writer, at a Royal Society of Literature / First Story discussion – head to the Radisson Hotel in Bloomsbury. £10.90, 7pm

James Smythe and Tania Unsworth join the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club at Waterstones Piccadilly for the night. £5 / £3, 6.30pm

Friday 24 January

Words With Edge Festival starts at Red Door Studios in East Ham and runs until 31 January, featuring Hollie McNish, Slambassadors and more.

One of our favourite authors, Christopher Fowler heads the bill at Polari at the Southbank Centre, with Joelle Taylor, James Maker, Keith Jarrett and Anya Nyx. £5, 7.45pm

Harry Eyres and Peter Phillips join Hylda Sims for Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe. £7 / £5, 8pm

Saturday 25 January

Stella Duffy, David Almond and Rebecca Swirksy are guests at the Word Factory, rocking up at Waterstones Piccadilly. £12 / £8, 6pm

Karen McCarthy Woolf, Barbara Marsh, John McCullough, Martha Sprackland, Okey Nzelu, Stuart McKenzie and Anita Pati are guests at The Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe. £5 / £3, 7.30pm

Sunday 26 January

There’ll be a few places available on the door for Joe Dunthorne headlining at Keats House. Free, 2pm

Monday 27 January

Malika Booker hosts Architects of our Republic with protest/freedom songs from Charlie Dark in response to Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech, plus five specially commissioned poetry films. See it all at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford. Free, 6.30pm

Tuesday 28 January

Christopher Reid, Liane Strauss, Jacqueline Saphra, Richard O’Brien and more read at a launch of a pair of books of love poems inspired by Ovid, at the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall. Free, 7pm

Courttia Newland, Julia Bell, Aidan Andrew Dun and Malcolm Bennett are among the guests at new night In Yer Ear, at the King and Queen pub in Fitzrovia. £1, 7.45pm

There’s more darkly comic fairytales from Retold at the Hen and Chickens Theatre until Saturday. £10, 7pm

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

Wednesday 29 January

Jonathan Lethem talks to Benjamin Markovits about his new book Dissident Gardens, at the London Review Bookshop. £10, 7pm

Melissa Harrison and Stuart Evers are the guests at the Big Green Bookshop‘s Big Green Bookswap. £5, 7.30pm

Iain McKay looks at Kropotkin’s classic text Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution next to contemporary thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould and Matt Ridley, at Housmans. £3, 7pm

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