London Book And Poetry Events: 3-9 July 2014

Drink Shop Do hosts a Speakeasy evening on Tuesday.

Drink Shop Do hosts a Speakeasy evening on Tuesday.

Literary Festival

FOYLES FLAGSHIP: The Grand Reopening Festival comes to an end on Saturday. Remaining events include The Great Bookshop Debate and verbal face-off Literary Death Match (see below).

Thursday 3 July

DAYTIME POETRY: The Poetry Cafe hosts Poetry at 3, a day-time open mic session where poets have the chance to read up to four minutes of their poetry. Free, just turn up, 3pm

TRAVEL JOURNALS: Westminster Reference Library hosts the launch of Tea and Pineapple Cake, a book which is split into two travel journals. Tom‘s journal is set in Limehouse, and Sue‘s is set in Bournemouth. Free, just turn up, 6pm

VICTORIAN SEX: Head to Guildhall Library for an evening about sexual desire and deviancy in the Victorian era with cultural historian Fern Riddell, followed by a signing of her new book, The Victorian Guide to Sex. £5.95, prebook6pm

AFRICA: Waterstone’s Croydon hosts the launch of Everyday Life in an Early West African Empire. Authors Robin Walker, Siaf Millar and Saran Keita will will be discussing why African history matters in a global environment. 6pm

POETRY STUDENTS: Students who have been mentored by authors such as Daljit Nagra give the first public reading of their work at Keats House tonight. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

EAST LONDON ART: Head to Waterstone’s Piccadilly for an evening with David Buckman, author of From Bow to Biennale: Artists of the East London Group. The book is about The East London Group of artists who were at their prime during the inter-war years. Free, prebook, 7pm

SPOKEN WORD: University of London Union has a free night of music and spoken word, with performances from Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me’s celebrated poet Deanna Rodger. Free, just turn up, 7pm

SYRIA DEBATE: John McHugo launches his new book, Syria: From The Great War To Civil War, at the Mosaic Rooms near Earl’s Court. He is in conversation with Jonathan Fryer about why the international community have been powerless to stop the atrocities taking place in Syria. Free, prebook, 7pm

GAMESHOW BATTLE: Literary Death Match holds a special event at the new Foyles store on Charing Cross Road. Four authors (Carys Bray, John Boyne, Nick Harkaway and Anthony Anaxagorou) each read their own work for seven minutes, to be judged by a panel then whittled down for the next round. £7, prebook, 7.30pm

FEMALE AUTHORS: Evie Wyld, author of After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, is at Dulwich Books to talk to Laura Beatty, author of Pollard. The discussion is chaired by Eithne Farry, a writer and 2013 Costa judge for best novel award. Followed by a Q&A. £4, prebook, 7.30pm

BOHUMIL HRABAL: Cabaret Hrabal is an evening of literary events, celebrating Bohumil Hrabal, one of the greatest Czech writers of the 20th century. Takes place at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury. £7/£6, prebook, 8pm

Friday 4 July

PETE DOHERTY: Musician Pete Doherty will be signing copies of his new book, From Albion to Shangri-La, at Waterstone’s in Oxford Street Plaza. Free, but get there early, 5pm

STORYTELLING: Storytelling club-night Spark London has teamed up with New York storytelling podcast Risk for a night of yarn-spinning at Hackney Picturehouse. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

LGBT POETRY: Rosie Wilby presents Queer’Say, an LGBT spoken word event in which poets Jasmine Ann Cooray, Nick Field and Cat Brogan perform. Takes place at Canada Water Culture Space. £10/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

ADULT STORYTELLING: The Tea Box in Richmond hosts a storytelling evening for adults, led by professional storytellers. £6, prebook, 8pm

Saturday 5 July

DOGS IN POETRY: This week’s Afternoon Poems at Keats House focuses on dogs in poetry. Free with admission to Keats House, just turn up (arrive early to avoid disappointment), 3pm

GAY HISTORY: Housmans Bookshop in Kings Cross hosts the launch of Julie Bindel’s new book, Straight Expectations: What Does It Mean To Be Gay Today? Bindel tracks the changes in the gay community in the last forty years to see whether progress really has been made regarding equal rights and respect. £3, prebook, 6.30pm

Sunday 6 July

MONKEY POETRY: Today is the first in a course of six poetry writing workshops at London Zoo. The lessons will not teach nature poetry, but instead explore six essential components of poetry (metaphor, form, allusion, rhythm, cadence and sensation) in reference to the flora and fauna of London Zoo. £240, prebook, 1pm

TORRIANO POETS: At this week’s Torriano Poets meeting, Angela Kirby, June English and Patricia Griffin all read. Poets from the floor are welcome. £5/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm

Monday 7 July

WRITER’S FESTIVAL: Today’s National Theatre Platform features the writers of this year’s Connections plays, chaired by Sebastian Born as they discuss their experience of the festival. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm

CLOCK WATCHING: Troubadour Poetry closes its summer season with an evening dedicated to time. Guest poets celebrate clock-watching, punctuality, procrastination and sundials. Takes place at The Troubadour on Old Brompton Road. £8/£7, just turn up, 8pm

Tuesday 8 July

BONNIE GREER: The writer is the subject of today’s Platform at the National Theatre. Chaired by Helen Grant MP she talks about her early influences and struggles for equality in her touching, funny and thought-provoking memoir, A Parallel Life. After the Platform she will be signing copies of the book. £4/£3, prebook, 6pm

SPEAKEASY: Drink Shop Do in King’s Cross hosts a literary night of “books and booze”. Nicci Cloke and Ian Ellard present author readings, stories created and told against the clock, vintage music and cocktails. Free, prebook, 7pm

LIAR’S LEAGUE: The theme of tonight’s Liar’s League is Sons and Daughters. Actors and authors take to the stage at The Phoenix in Cavendish Square near Oxford Circus to tell stories along this theme. £5, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 9 July

AMERICAN ROAD TRIP: Waterstone’s Piccadilly hosts an evening with Meg Rosoff, best-selling author of Picture Me Gone and How I live Now, in conversation with Marcus Sedgwick, author of Midwinterblood and She is Not Invisible. They will be discussing their careers and American road trips. £5/£3, prebook, 6.30pm

POEMS ON THE UNDERGROUND: Keats House celebrates the summer set of Poems on the Underground, posted in July 2014, marking the centenary of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. £5, prebook, 7pm

AIRCRAFT CARRIER: Geoff Dyer launches his new book, Another Great Day at Sea, at London Review Bookshop in Holborn. The book recounts daily life aboard an American aircraft carrier the USS George H. W. Bush, on which Dyer spent time as a kind of writer in residence. £10, prebook, 7pm

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