London Book And Poetry Events: 27 February-5 March 2014

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

The Emma Press Anthology Of Motherhood. Details Below.

The Emma Press Anthology Of Motherhood. Details Below.

Ongoing events

Jewish Book Week takes place at Kings Place from 22 February to 2 March. Speakers include Alain de Botton and Josh Cohen. For full programme, click here.

The London School of Economics Space For Thought Literary Festival runs 24 February-1 March, with a theme of Reflections. Featured authors include Michael Rosen and Sebastian Faulks. For full programme, click here.

From Page To Stage Festival continues until 9 March, featuring musical and film adaptations.

Thursday 27 February

This month’s Book Slam at The Tabernacle in Ladbroke Grove features comic novelist Gary Shteyngart, author Sheila Heti and live music from Jake Isaac. £8, prebook, 7.30pm

Dulwich Books hosts an evening with two up and coming writers. Helen Oyeyemi discusses her fifth novel Boy, Snow, Bird; Naomi Wood talks about her new book, Mrs Hemingway, which examines the real love life of the famous author. £4, prebook, 7pm

Londoner and author Christopher Fowler chats about his second memoir, Film Freak, at Gay’s The Word. It follows on from his first book, Paperboy, and takes a close look at the British Film Industry. And — having read it — we can confirm that it’s a real treat for movie buffs. £2, just turn up, 7pm

Out Of Print in Canada Water looks at the relationship between writers and their fictional characters, through an interactive experience that is part soundscape, part performance. Pay what you can, prebook, 8.30pm

The Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall hosts the launch party of The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood, a collection of poems on the topic of being a mother, and The Held and the Lost. Includes readings from many of the contributors. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Musa Okwonga and Amy Acre are the guests at Bang Said the Gun at the Roebuck, SE1. £7 / £5, 8pm

Friday 28 February

Spoken word meets food at Come Rhyme With Me, an evening with a Caribbean theme, where performers are matched to a course of the meal. Includes poetry, performance, singing and rap. £7.50/£12.50, prebook, 7pm

Gideon Lewis-Kraus is at London Review Bookshop to talk about his memoir, A Sense of Direction, which covers the themes of pilgrimage, writing and reconciliation. £10, prebook, 7pm

Saturday 1 March

Afternoon Poems at Keats House has a theme of Romantics and Dreams this week, and features readings and performances of poems by Keats, Shelley, Byron and others. £5/£3, just turn up, 3pm

Sunday 2 March

Torriano Meeting House hosts a poetry reading featuring Stephen Elves and Josephine Corcoran, introduced by Lisa Kelly. £5/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm 

Monday 3 March

London Transport Museum hosts London Stories Live, where three authors talk about their London-focused books. Mark Mason walked the entire length of the Underground system, Hannah Velten looks at the history of animals in London (and wrote our book of the year 2013) and Travis Elborough collected London diary entries from Tudor times to the present day. £10/£8, prebook, 6.30pm

Brixton Book Jam welcomes three authors from Japan to The Hootannny, ahead of the Tokyo Literature Festival, followed by readings from local writers. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Coffee House Poetry introduce poets from Faber Academy, introduced by tutors Jo Shapcott and Daljit Nagra. £8/£7, just turn up, 8pm

Tuesday 4 March

If you missed Ben Watt talking about his new book Romany and Tom at Waterstone’s last week, catch him at Lutyens & Rubinstein this week. £8, prebook, 7pm

Local author Joseph Connolly discusses his new book, The A-Z Of Eating Out, at Waterstone’s Hampstead. The book takes a light-hearted and humorous look at dining out and about. £4/£6, prebook, 7pm

Hammer & Tongue‘s renowned poetry slam event returns to Hysteria in Dalston. This month’s guest is Ben Mellor. £5/£4, just turn up, 7pm

The Book Club in Shoreditch hosts The Special Relationship, a spoken word evening featuring author Niven Govinden, visual artist George Butler and TV personality Phill Jupitus. £5+bf, prebook, 7.30pm

Wednesday 5 March

Author Dave Eggers signs copies of his latest novel, The Circle, at Foyles Charing Cross Road. The book takes a satirical look at powerful internet and technology companies through the eyes of a new employee. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

Claudia Jessop launches her latest poetry collection with Cinnamon Press at the Poetry Cafe. 7pm

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